Level crossing near-miss splits Paris-Roubaix bike race

Paris - Roubaix level crossing incident. Graphic: Eurosport

WATCH: The 2015 edition of one of cycling’s classic one-day races was interrupted when half of the pack had to wait at a level crossing for a passenger train to pass.

The Paris-Roubaix is a one-day road race in the north of France.

German rider John Degenkolb from Giant Team took line honours in just under six hours overnight, but despite being famous for its rough terrain and cobblestone sections, the road itself was not the biggest obstacle some riders had to endure in this year’s event.

Instead, 85km from the finish, the peleton was split in two by a pair of lowering boom gates.

Some riders squeezed through the gates, roughly 12 seconds before the train went through the crossing.

In 2006, several riders were disqualified from the Paris-Roubaix for going through a closed level crossing. This year, however, race organisers opted to slow down the front pack so the peleton could be reunited following the incident.

Watch the footage below.

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