CPA suggests TV cameras turn away from riders on the ground


“Out of respect for riders that have fallen in a crash and their families at home.
The CPA does not support TV coverage to continue to film them while they are down,” Hansen posted to
“Riders have reached out to me asking if we can make this a rule and we support that.
Images were shown on broadcasts and via social media of Vingegaard lying on his left side in the wooded area next to the road and only showing slight movements.
These images were repeated on the broadcast and were re-posted to various social media channels.
In Thymen’s case, the impact was mild but the view was the same on a stretcher and breathing support.”
John Latimer, a former reporter from LDNews, noted: “Video of seriously injured riders suffering is gratuitous.
But learning what riders are injured and what riders are getting back on their bikes is worthy information.


Adam Hansen, the president of the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA), took to social media just one hour after the horrific crash on stage 4 of the Itzulia Basque Country that sent race favorites to the hospital, canceled a climb, and neutralized the finale. Hansen expressed his displeasure with the media for sharing images and videos of the crash and riders lying on the ground.

The fourth day of racing at Itzulia Basque Country saw a high-speed crash involving a large group of riders as the peloton chased a breakaway of six riders. Among them were Grand Tour champions Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike), Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep), and Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe), who was leading the overall.

“Out of consideration for riders who have been involved in collisions and their families back home. The CPA opposes TV stations continuing to film them while they are unavailable,” Hansen wrote on

“We support the riders who have contacted me to ask if we can make this a rule. Please exercise caution. “.

The riders appeared to pick up speed on a lengthy descent following the climb of Oleata, and the crash happened at the front of the peloton on a wide right-hand corner.

Several riders, including Vingegaard, Evenepoel, Roglič, Natnael Tesfatsion (Lidl-Trek), and Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates), were taken to the hospital by ambulance or team cars after a dozen riders went down across an area with dirt and concrete ditches. Sean Quinn from EF Education-EasyPost was compelled to withdraw as well.

Media outlets and social media users shared photos of Vingegaard, who appeared to be barely moving while lying on his left side in the wooded area beside the road. He was then stabilized for an ambulance transfer and put on a stretcher. Roglič was seen hobbling toward a team car, while Evenepoel was seen clutching his right arm.

Numerous overhead views captured by the Eurosport broadcast cameras showed three riders lying in an awkward ditch made of stones, with help still being given while team cars and support staff started to pull up.

These photos were shared again on social media and aired again during the show. A breakaway of six riders competed for the last 20 kilometers of the stage, which Louis Meintjes (Intermaché-Wanty) ultimately won. The organizers neutralized the race to secure other safety vehicles and used ambulances in the caravan to treat the injured riders.

On, cyclists voiced their opinions, labelling the coverage of the chaos that followed the crash as “deplorable,” “clickbait,” and “unnecessary.”.

The parent of professional rider Thymen Arensman, who was involved in a crash during stage 6 of the Vuelta a España last year, Martijn Arensman, offered an alternative viewpoint in favor of crash photos that might allay worries for relatives.

As shameful as it seems to you, I disagree. When my son crashed last year, we found that seeing and analyzing the situation was less stressful than doing nothing at all. Although Thymen’s impact was less severe, the scene with a stretcher and breathing support was the same. “.

Former LDNews reporter John Latimer made the following observation: “It is unnecessary to show riders in critical condition in video form. However, knowing which riders are hurt and which ones are returning to their bikes is important information. One can, in my opinion, strike a balance. “.”.

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