Down to five riders after a mechanical forced Manuele Boaro off the road, Michael Valgren and Australian veteran Michael Rogers touched wheels as the team was approaching the second time check with both riders falling.
"We were approaching the second split time and Michael Valgren touched the wheel in front of him and that caused him to fall," team director Sean Yates said.
"Mick Rogers was on his wheel and they both hit the deck hard. They were moving at 60km/h so they naturally suffered a hard crash but nothing is, fortunately, broken."
The pair sustained the usual road rash but were able to pick themselves up and ride on to the finish as a team, where they eventually finished last of the 27 starters.
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“Rogers and Valgren have both suffered superficial injuries but nothing is broken," Yates said. "It’s always going to hurt, when you crash at that kind of speed but we are naturally relived that both of them didn’t sustain any major injuries.
"Rogers is pretty cut up with a wound on his hand. A large part of Valgren’s shoulder is scratched up and his mood also took a tumble.
“We are all very disappointed after many days of perfect training and build-up, Yates said. "No one are blaming Valgren for the crash, as we all know that it’s something that can happen in these flat-out team time trials."