In the men’s elite race, SHIMANO brought a hard-fallen Mathew Hayman, along with his split-in-two bike, back to the Australian Team tent where he could get immediate medical attention.
Oddly enough, according to Hoetelmans, spills were not the most stressful moments for the blue army. “On two days, there was a junior race that ended at 12:30, with the next category starting at 13:30. This gave us 45 minutes to change 40 cassettes. And then there were the two girls from Ethiopia we assisted who didn’t know they needed a junior-specific cassette.”