This photo shows Eolo-Kometa’s Daniel Viegas struggling with a flat tire. Punctures are one of the most common accidents at the Strade Bianche, and Trek-Segafredo’s Quin Simmons knows well. As he was riding in the 8-man lead group, competing for victory, his chances were ruined with 40 km to go. His bike suddenly felt heavier and less controllable. As soon as he looked down, he immediately realized he had punctured his rear wheel.
The young American called his team car, eventually got a spare from the neutral service, and tried to get back. By then, however, he had fallen out of the front group. His dreams were shattered, and he could do nothing but chase back onto the second peloton.
Can you remember any other decisive puncture in the history of the Strade Bianche?