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    Great illustration there

  • VO2min

    Well that it explains it perfectly. (?!?!?!?)

  • John Cattrall

    Your illustration is incorrect, you’ve missed out the left hand corner to begin with

    • Yes, true that diagram needs to show the final left corner in question, then it can be completely understood how the events happened

      • cycledog

        Kudos John for being able to decrypt that original drawing!

    • knightof1

      The picture told 90% of the story. But the author is actually suggesting that LeTV had given a misleading report. What a shame.

  • jules

    commissaire needs to check work of officials for stuff like that

    • cycledog

      probably were not “officials” but poor guys working for noodles who got scapegoated by the organization.

  • Tarmo Vannas

    You’ve got the date wrong. This happened on November 12th, not November 20th. http://www.granfondochina.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=94&lang=en

  • Leigh Sheldrake

    Grand Fondos are rides, not races

    • Michele

      From Wiki:

      Gran Fondos are run like bike races. They have lead and follow cars, judges, safety escort, police escort as well as technical and medical assistance. Aid stations along the course replace team cars.

      • Leigh Sheldrake

        Grand Fondos should be rides, not races

  • Kristín Ketilsdóttir

    Yet another example of why you’re my favorite cycling media.
    Also, here is a follow-up statement from the organizers about what happened:

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  • cycledog

    Thank you Nordic Ways for doing what the author suggested he was going to do in the title of his article and didn’t–explain what caused the crash.

    • Michele

      The author did.

      There was no doubt that the local organisation made a mistake with the final corner that led the lead group riders to take the wrong side of the road. It was also announced immediately after the crash that damages of any kind would be compensated. This shows that Nordic Ways was taking responsibility for the incident

  • knightof1

    Just look at the story (http://www.biketo.com/racing/news/25185.html ) by Biketo.com right after the incident. It pointed out the fact that wrong-way riders should be responsible for the crash.

    But the sad truth was that as most people poured their anger over Nordic Ways, most Chinese media kneeled to “the mainstream”, flattered to the public rather than dig out the truth. Yes, most people were not witnesses though. It seems Biketo.com was the only voice that spoke against “guilty” riders. They write the best stories on Chinese cycling events and now keep the last conscience.

    Yunnan Gran Fondo has been a good event since its inaugural edition, and Nordic Ways a good enough runner. Every is worth the truth. Nordic Ways took their responsibility. What about those dangerous riders?

    P.S. Careful readers may notice my identity. :P

  • campirecord

    Sprinting for 32nd, the GrandFondo way…

  • Matt Long

    on serious fondo. wow.

  • Bracksy

    Made in China…

    Were they racing with Chinarellos and Chervelo with Chinese carbon fibre wheelsets?

  • ummm…

    OMG, I hope nobody was seriously hurt. How awful. And the crash was obviously caused by triathletes….


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