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Broken bike sends Austrian junior tumbling

What appears to have been a broken steerer sent Austrian rider Patrick Gamper tumbling during Saturday's men's junior world championship road race.

What appears to have been a broken steerer sent Austrian rider Patrick Gamper tumbling during Saturday’s men’s junior world championship road race. Gamper finished 69th overall, 3:16 behind winner Felix Gall, his Austrian teammate. So it would seem that, despite the terrifying crash, he got a new bike and was able to continue riding.

On the Austrian Cycling Federation’s website, team coach Jure Pavlic said only that Gamper’s bike broke on the last lap. The accident happened on the final ascent of the cobbled climb up 23rd Street, which is one of the main features of the tricky finale on the Richmond worlds 16.2-kilometer course.

Witnesses standing in front of Gamper when he went down said he didn’t tangle with any riders or hit anything in the moments before the crash but that his steerer just seemed to break off.

We’ve reached out to Bianchi and the Austrian national team for comment. Check back for details.