Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge), wearing bib # 1 as the last winner of the race, crashed a second time inside of the last 40 kilometers of the race. Gerrans had been one of a huge pile up just a few kilometers earlier that ended the race for many of the big name contenders. While Gerrans did manage to get back on the road from that, this crash was the one that made him hang up his cleats and any hope of repeating his race victory. Some of the others to end their day included the home town boy, Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Nicolas Roche (Sky) and Dan Martin (Cannondale Garmin). Poor Martin and Gilbert just can't catch a break, both have had crashes in their last two outings. Gerrans is being aided by one of the many police officers that help close the roads, control the crowds and protect the riders along the route.
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