2 cyclists crash at 40 mph at world championships and continue racing with gnarly road rash

On Sunday’s opening day of the week-long UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, riders from the Tinkoff-Saxo squad were racing in the team time trial at 40 mph when two of them touched wheels and crashed hard.

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For the two cyclists, Michael Valgren and Michael Rogers, it was brutal.

They landed heavily on the road before rolling 0nto the grass:

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The two would get up and continue racing but only after coming to grips with what had happened, and losing enough time to be out of any chance at a medal:

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The team said it was disappointed, naturally, but happy that neither rider broke any bones or was more seriously injured.

Images posted on Instagram showed some gnarly road rash:

Rough day for Tinkoff Saxo. #richmond2015 #procycling #cyclingphotos

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Watch the full clip below, via Universal Sports:

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