Brutal 20-racer pile up brings Tour de France to a messy halt
Four riders have abandoned the Tour de France after a horrific crash left more than 20 cyclists in need of medical attention.
The incident took place when one rider, reported to be William Bonnet, appeared to clip the wheel of another in front of him.
Immediately losing his balance, the French racer went to ground, causing those in his wake to career off in hopes of avoiding him.
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Tom Dumoulin (Gian-Alpecin), Dmitry Kozontchuk (Katusha) and Mr Bonnet (FDJ) have all been forced to drop out of the Tour.
Officials temporarily halted the race after Yellow Jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara become involved in the high-speed crash.
The race was delayed for more than 15 minutes as many of those involved in the huge pile-up required medical treatment.
The riders were travelling at more than 50kmph when the crash occurred 100km into the third stage.
Ireland's Dan Martin finished in fourth place despite the incident, and narrowly missed out on a podium finish coming in just one second behind third-placed Alexis Vuillermoz.
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) won the third stage, with Team Sky's Chris Froome finishing in second place to take over the race leader's yellow jersey.