The fancy, expensive bicycles and racing clothing are not matched by these cyclists’ bike handling skills.
If you play the video through to the end, you will see that the wheel touch broke 4 of the 8 spokes on the right side of the boutique 16-spoke front wheel.
- Boutique wheel, few spokes, spokes necessarily overtensioned, big gaps for things to get in between them.
- Rider ahead merged left and slowed (notice backpedaling), oblivious to riding in tight group.
- Tri bars and no brake there.
- Spokes broke against QR handle. At this point overlap was by more than half a wheel.
- Still a good recovery.
- Inability to steer due to unstable front wheel and to need to move hands position to brakes — cyclist heads for ditch.
- Attempt to brake on warped front wheel locked the wheel.
Some commenters on the YouTube post have pointed out that the cyclist who crashed was wearing a sleeveless jersey and not wearing socks. This clothing is characteristic of triathletes — who don’t ride in groups while racing and are less likely to learn group riding skills than are road racers. Another point about clothing is that the cyclist wasn’t wearing cycling gloves. He broke his fall with his hands on gravel. Ouch.