The world famous Paris-Roubaix is a one-day, 50-mile road cycling race in northern France, and it is often referred to as the "Hell of the North." That's largely because part of the route takes riders over poorly maintained cobbled roads and tracks from an era long ago, making crashes inevitable. But it wasn't the dangerous cobbled roads and old tracks that caused French rider Yoann Offredo to crash in Sunday's race. No, Offredo was riding on smooth pavement. The Frenchman simply made the mistake of turning around at the wrong time. Watch:
As you can see, Offredo lost focus and wasn't able to correct his line in time to avoid running into the sign on the medium as the road split in two, sending him crashing to the ground. It didn't appear as if he suffered any serious injuries, but he did take it on the chin, which was bloodied. He probably also suffered embarrassment. Offredo didn’t finish the race, but he wasn’t the only one. Several failed to reach the finish line because of various crashes, according to the BBC Sport.
For the record, Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won the event for the third time.