Bit of a weird moment in yesterday’s Vuelta stage—after Ryder’s crash, his bike appears to be spun in a circle by its rear wheel.
Shades of "motorized doping", perhaps—but it’s important to note that the device RAI profiled back in 2010 added watts by actually turning the cranks. Hesjedal’s aren’t turning here.
My guess would be the rear wheel kept spinning as he slid out, and still had enough energy to rotate the bike when it came back in touch with the ground.
Plenty of other reasons why a motor wouldn’t really work here, but I don’t want to act like this is a theory that needs to be debunked. It sure does look weird, though.
(h/t to Dale Danner on FB)