Cyclist's horror moment with wife in finish-line mishap

·Sports Reporter
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Cycling star Luis Carlos Chia went crashing into his wife after winning the third stage of the Vuelta a Colombia. Pictures: Instagram/Twitter
Cycling star Luis Carlos Chia went crashing into his wife after winning the third stage of the Vuelta a Colombia. Pictures: Instagram/Twitter

A Columbian professional cyclist has gone crashing into his wife as she attempted the capture the moment he won a crucial stage, sending her to hospital.

Luis Carlos Chia held both hands to the sky after crossing the line first in the third stage of the annual Vuelta a Colombia, before his own beloved became an unwitting obstacle in his path.

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The 25-year-old claimed an impressive victory on a road that looked practically underwater for the final dash to the finish line, thanks to a deluge of rain.

That water gave Chia next to no traction as he was unable to avoid his wife, identified by The Sun as Claudia Roncancio.

Commentators quickly picked up on and were horrified by what had happened beyond the finish line.

Cameras showed Roncancio lying flat on her back as officials try to shepherd the passing peleton away from her, while Chia was helped up a few metres further down the road.

She looked as the she could have been knocked unconcious, but Chia later said in a newspaper interview that she had only been in shock, although she was still taken to hospital to recieve stitches in her head.

The cyclist said the greasy conditions had affected his ability to slow down.

“I wanted to brake but the bike didn’t respond,” Chia said.

“I hit my wife but it could have just as easily have been another person.

"The doctors have checked her and more than anything it was the shock of it.

“She knew there was going to be a sprint finish and I don’t understand why she didn’t get out of the way.”

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The painful crash at the end of the Vuelta a Colombia stage isn't the only time this year things have gone horribly wrong for a cyclist once the stage is over.

Biniam Girmay became the first black African to win a stage in a Grand Tour event in cycling history, following his triumph in stage 10 of the Giro D'Italia in May.

The 22-year-old Eritrean said it had long been a dream of his to simply compete in the Giro D'Italia - let alone win a stage.

“I watched the Giro as a kid on television and then went out riding with the dream of one day taking part,” Girmay said afterwards.

“We write a little piece of history every day.

“I’m really happy about what I did today, I don’t have the words to describe it. Thanks to my team who controlled the race from early on.”

Unfortunately for Girmay, his celebration was short-lived after the champgane bottle he opened fired the cork directly into his eye, resulting in a trip to hospital.

Biniam Girmany became the first black African to win a Grand Tour cycling stage, but celebrations were cut short after a champagne cork flew into his left eye on the podium. Pictures: Twitter
Biniam Girmany became the first black African to win a Grand Tour cycling stage, but celebrations were cut short after a champagne cork flew into his left eye on the podium. Pictures: Twitter

It was a heartbreaking turn of events for the Intermarche team rider, who sits second in the sprint points race behind Frenchman Arnaud Demare.

Fans who were thrilled to se Girmany on the podium were immiediately concerned for his wellbeing, with the 22-year-old reporting he couldn't see out of the injured eye afterwards.

Girmay is the first black African to win a Grand Tour stage, after Kenyan born Chris Froome claimed multiple tour victories.

He outdueled Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel to win stage 10, and was heartily congratulated by his rival after the pair had crossed the line.

Intermarche team boss Valerio Piva said Girmay's win was a landmark moment in cycling history.

“This is a big moment, another continent arriving on the scene who will be important in the future,” he said.

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