There is a constant battle between cyclists and cars in the real world. Cyclists annoy drivers on the road, while the vulnerable cyclists claim that dangerous drivers treat them with a lack of respect that endangers them.
Now it appears that this battle is manifested in the professional ranks as well.
In this morning's Tour Of Flanders, Trek Cycling's New Zealander rider Jesse Sergent went down after the neutral service car hit his bike.
It's a strange incident, and it's not clear why it happened. Judge for yourself:
If that wasn't bad enough, there was another cyclist hit later on in the race, this time by his own team car. This one is even more ludicrious as the Shimano team car rear-ends another Shimano that also serves the same team before hitting one of it's riders. It's just been one of those days.
— ciaran lennon (@ciaranlennon) April 5, 2015
The Tour Of Flanders is one of UCI's most prestigious one-day races, but at least this sort of thing doesn't happen in the Grand Tours: