WATCH: Carnage in China as man crosses road in front of Tour of Qinghai pro cycling race

Suspected mentally ill man arrested after causing massive pile-up

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 July, 2016, 11:11am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 July, 2016, 11:14am

This was the shocking moment a man decided to cross the road at exactly the worst time during the first stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

WATCH: man causes crash in Tour of Qinghai Lake

The man appeared to be mentally ill

Billed as the ‘world’s highest-altitude bike race’, the event got off to an embarrassing start as one cyclist was run over by a motorbike, then descended into farce 3km from the finish line in the city of Xining as a man strolled into the road right in front of the peloton, causing a gigantic crash.

Reports in China said the man, believed to be mentally ill, was not seriously injured and was arrested.

Four or five cyclists were hospitalised, the reports said.