Champion cyclist Luis Carlos Chai smashed into his wife at the finish line
This is the harrowing moment a professional cyclist wins a sprint finish – only to smash into his wife seconds later as she took photos of him crossing the line first.
Luis Carlos Chia didn’t even have time to celebrate his triumph in the third stage of the annual cycling race the Vuelta a Colombia before the high-speed crash.
TV commentators picked up on the collision immediately.
But they only found out afterwards that the woman knocked out by the yellow jersey road racer was Luis’s wife.
¡Muy estrecha la llegada! Y el ganador de la etapa terminó chocando con una persona solo unos metros después de cruzar la meta.
— Señal Deportes (@SenalDeportes) June 5, 2022
Live footage showed Claudia Roncancio lying open-eyed and apparently unconscious on the hard concrete behind the finish line as her injured husband was helped off his bike and limped away.
The crash didn’t stop him continuing in his quest to win the prestigious event, first held in 1951 as an idea of Englishman Donald W Raskin and a few of his friends to emulate the famous Tour de France.
But Claudia, a cyclist-turned photographer who now travels with her husband and records his cycling successes, was taken to hospital.
— Win Sports TV (@WinSportsTV) June 5, 2022