"— Cycling ACT (@CyclingACT)
Safety at the finish line is always a concern at any race. Space is limited and only those photographers with the official vest permitting access should technically be on course, this had not been the case on stage 1 and it seemed that the organisation faced more issues of a different kind on stage 2. After the finish line. Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK) hit at full speed a video camerawoman who was standing on the road after having rushed off her motorbike to get footage to promote the race. Incredibly, Hosking suffered only minor injuries, the camerawoman was more seriously injured.
Any crash caused by a member of the official team is never acceptable. WCN’s photographer CJ Farquharson can attest to that. She was notably angered by the incident and the behaviour of some others at the finish line before the arrival. An argument had ensued with another video camerman who wanted to sit in the road to do his job. He angrily capitulated, but insisted it was his right. Further, Farquharson had to lift a relatively inexperienced photographer from his knees by the collar of his shirt and out of the way of the bunch as they finished; “otherwise, it would have been him, not the video woman”, she explained. “Common practice at a bunch sprint is to take the photo and then move to the barriers to clear the road for the riders. That does not even seem to be in some people’s consciousness here”. An after race crash is completely unacceptable. riders face dangers everyday. In this race, they have had to endure more than their fair share of issues, it is after all a 2.HC category race. Safety of the riders and those accredited to be on the race, must always be the highest priority over sponsorship and coverage. This incident is unacceptable and reflects badly on the race, Italian Federation and the UCI for allowing it to be categoried so highly when conditions in Toscana have been similar for several years."
I have no words for what’s going on in the Giro Toscana - click through to read about the rest of the stage… including the traffic…
More of my Q&As, with Rochelle Gilmore, Chloe Hosking, Rossella Ratto, Valentina Scandolara, Kirsten Wild and Emma Trott