Rider who crashed out of Tour de Britain says pile-up 'could have been avoided'

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The cyclist who was forced to pull out of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain after a pile-up in Retford has said he feels better safety measures could have meant the crash was avoided.

BMC Racing Team rider Brent Bookwalter had concussion and needed stitches after the incident just after a bend leading into Grove Street in Retford.

The peleton crashed into the back of a car which had been parked in a disabled bay.

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On Instagram, Bookwalter said he was 'super bummed' to be out of the race, and thanked the race medical crew for looking after him.

But he added: "I'm very disappointed to abandon the race, especially from an incident that likely could have been avoided with more pro active safety measures."

The Tour of Britain said it was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash.

It said: “We operate a rolling road closure and cannot remove every parked vehicle on the race route, however we work with residents, communities and local authorities ahead of the event to ensure as safe and clear a passage for the race as possible.

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“In this instance the car that was parked in a disabled parking bay wasn’t able to be moved before the arrival of the race, and as per our procedures was flagged by one of our motorcycle marshals to alert riders to an obstacle in the road."

But people on social media said they thought more could have been done.