The incident created fury among the pilots. They didn't understand what happened at first, but got the picture after the finish. First reports claimed that a number of spectators had created the hazardous conditions on purpose at a place where the narrow road makes a little curve.
The Belgian veteran pilot Freddy Loix told reporters "I left the road and ended up in the field at 140 km/h. I hit a stone and had a puncture. At first we couldn't understand why this happened, but later it turned out that almost everyone went off the course at that particular place."
A number of pilots launched a complaint with the organisation. They were completely taken by surprise and many suffered damage as a result. Organisers decided to cancel the result of the ultimate stage.
An "act of hooliganism" or just a water leak at the wrong place and the wrong time? This morning, reports emerged claiming the problems were due to a nearby water leak. An investigation has been started into the incident to find out who can be held responsible.