Video: Eddie Dunbar crashes hard in major pile-up in Portugal

Posted on: February 20th, 2019

Eddie Dunbar Team Sky Volta Algarve

After a great ride in France last week, Eddie Dunbar has been one of the fallers in a very large crash at the Volta ao Algarve on the opening stage today.


Eddie Dunbar was among the fallers in a huge pile-up at the Volta ao Algarve with 7km to go on the opening stage.

The crash was caused by a Trek-Segafredo rubbing his team mate’s wheel just ahead as the bunch was ramping up the pace nearing the finish.

Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) was on the front at the time and as a result he kept himself well out of the danger that begun just a few bike lengths back.

Eddie Dunbar was also holding his position near the front of the peloton. He was fourth rider in a five-man line of Team Sky riders at the front when the crash occurred.

The rub of wheels happened to his right, with the crash spreading instantly across the bunch. The fallers came down across the width of the road.

Dunbar could be seen back on his feet and appeared to be waiting for a new bike. However, it was not clear at the time of writing what injuries he had, if any.

He was one of four Team Sky riders to crash; the impact wiping out that section of the bunch they were unlucky enough to be in at the time.

The stage was won, in a sprint from a much reduced peloton, by Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

He won it very comfortably after 199km from Portimão to Lagos and takes the race lead going into the climbs tomorrow.

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was 2nd and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) was 3rd on the stage.