For anyone who’s been keeping track of the goings on in this years Giro d’Italia, you’ll have seen that the Bahrain Victorious rider Matej Mohoric underwent a horrific and dramatic crash last Sunday. The rider rounded a bend while chasing down a competitor before his bike literally snapped in two, sending the Slovenian head-over-heels, his head snapping off of the tarmac, before sliding on his back to the edge of the course and almost over the edge of the hillside. He was pictured shortly afterwards, sitting upright on the edge of a traffic barrier, before receiving medical aid. He initially tried to re-join the race but was taken away by ambulance in a neck brace but, fortunately, sustained only minor injuries.
Now, the rider has spoken out about the crash, recounting the event and the gratitude he feels toward his helmet for “saving his life.” Yes, it may well have been that serious. Today, the Bahrain Victorious team issued a statement on his condition, saying that Mohoric is “healthy and escaped the crash with a slight concussion and minor bruising." A mercy, to be sure.
While the team and bike manufacturer Meridia try to work out what exactly went wrong for the bike to snap in half so emphatically as it did, Mohoric himself had a few words on what he thinks went wrong: “We entered the corner on the limit at high speed. My racing line wasn’t perfect as I didn’t take all the road. I planned to overtake Gino (Mader) at the exit and go into the front. The corner surprised me, and it was closer than expected. I lost traction on my rear wheel due to the high speed. I was able to catch the bike, but doing so, I was closer to the corner on my left. Usually, I wouldn’t crash, but due to the curb, I clipped it with my left pedal, which is evident from the damage. Because of that, my bike went completely sideways, and I hit the curb with my front wheel. Luckily, the bike absorbed all the energy as the fork split, which is why I’ve come out of this crash with only minor bruises and a slight concussion."
It appears that a combination of poor positioning, manageable risk and bad luck lead to all this. We can just be glad that, first of all, the Slovenian sustained only minor injuries and a small concussion. Although he has, of course, had to withdraw from the Grand Tour, he’ll be back on the bike in a matter of weeks. Back to training and racing once more. We at Veloflow wish him all the best.