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Statement: San Sebastian Motorbike Crash

2. August 2015, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team

Greg Van Avermaet was crashed out from behind by a race motorcycle Saturday. ©Tim De Waele/TDWsport

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz has issued a statement following Saturday's crash by a "radio tour" motorbike that took down Greg Van Avermaet while he was leading Clasica San Sebastian.

"Greg was robbed and the BMC Racing Team was robbed when this happened. I am appalled that this could occur in a WorldTour race.

"This is the second time this year we have had an incident with a local organizer of a WorldTour race where they have acted in a scandalous fashion. The UCI has been nowhere in this to resolve the problem. This comes back to safety issues in races where the local organizer of WorldTour events and the UCI are negligent in providing a safe racing environment.

"This was not a sporting incident. This was caused by pure negligence, which cost the team millions of dollars in lost publicity. Therefore, we plan to explore every legal option available to us."

Video of Saturday's incident.

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