THE inaugural Tour de Yorkshire proved a brutal one as two of the star names in the field were forced to abandon before the end of stage one.
Cork's Eddie Dunbar, at 18 the youngest rider in the field, abandoned after a major crash on a wet section of road with a suspected broken clavicle.
Dunbar had been part of an early break and was the first man over the major climb of the day, the Cote de Rosedale Abbey.
Team Sky's Ben Swift, one of the race favourites, was caught in the crash in the North Yorkshire Moors which ripped apart the peloton, while German sprinter Marcel Kittel had already climbed off, unable to keep up in his first race back after illness.
Rotherham-born Swift was one of several riders caught in a crash as riders tumbled on a wet section of road during a descent in the Moors, around two thirds of the way through the 174km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough.
Moments earlier, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise's Tim Declercq, one of two riders in a breakway, had gone straight on at the same corner and landed in a hedge before remounting.
Kittel was racing for the first time in two months after a virus,.