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The Paris-Roubaix: most dangerous bike race in the world for spectators?

Posted Apr 14 2009 11:05pm

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The Paris-Roubaix is well known for spectacular racing, cobblestones, cold weather, mud and now for being one of the most dangerous races for spectators.

This year' s classic race was won by Tom Boonen for the third time in his career, but much of the drama happened when a motorcycle struck some nearby race spectators.

According to Velonews.com:

"Sixteen people were injured, three of them seriously, when a race organizers’ motorbike struck a crowd of spectators during Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

Fire and rescue officials from Lille said 15 victims had to be evacuated, including three in serious condition, including a 4-year-old child.

Colonel Bruno Moulart, commander of emergency intervention, said the injured were members of the same family, adding that he did not believe any lives were at risk."

You can see the accident below:

  

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