Mark Cavendish suffered a heart-in-mouth moment on stage five of the Tour de Suisse as the Manxman was brought down in a messy bunch sprint.
Having eased off from the front of the pack, where the technical course had made for plenty of jostling for position, Cavendish crashed after Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) was barged over in front of him.
With the Tour de France Grand Depart just weeks away, the heavy crash – with Cavendish tumbling over his handlebars – could have had disastrous consequences. Luckily, however, he rolled in mostly unscathed as Sacha Modolo took the stage honours.
Relive the stage through the lens of UCI WorldTour photographer Stefano Sirotti in the gallery below.
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Calm before the storm
The peloton on the finishing circuit - the same corner saw Matt Goss and Mark Cavendish crash on the final lap (pic: Sirotti)
For the cameras
The three-man break was left hanging in front for much of the day, but Omega Pharma-Quickstep ensured their attack would amount to no more than some added publicity for the sponsors (pic: Sirotti)
Hitching a ride
Devoid of team-mates, Peter Sagan repeated his trick of latching on to Mark Cavendish's wheel (pic: Sirotti)
All for one
Tony Martin stayed safe in the yellow jersey, and wasn't afraid of putting in the hard yards when it came to setting up the sprint (pic: Sirotti)
Rui Costa, the world champion and two-time defending champion at the Tour de Suisse, was safe in the bunch once again (pic: Sirotti)
Matthew Goss and Mark Cavendish fall heavily inside the final kilometre during a messy, technical bunch sprint (pic: Sirotti)
Having been in front of the crash, it left Peter Sagan and Sacha Modolo to lead out the sprint - the Slovakian appearing to have the edge in terms of position (pic: Sirotti)
But it was Modolo who won, roaring in delight as he sealed his seventh victory of the season, and first at WorldTour level (pic: Sirotti)
Cause for concern
Given the delight of Didi the Devil at the result, perhaps the crash was a result of some Satanic intervention (pic: Sirotti)
Andy Schleck lies 49th overall (pic: Sirotti)
Best of enemies
Rivals Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara share their thoughts on the crash, as they roll in alongside yellow jersey Tony Martin
Niki Terpstra checks on the condition of team-mate Mark Cavendish after the crash (pic: Sirotti)
All for one
Orica-GreenEDGE rally around Matt Goss after his crash (pic: Sirotti)
Tony Martin can enjoy another day in the yellow jersey - something he hopes to keep until after Friday's time trial (pic: Sirotti)
Sacha Modolo smiles for the camera with his prize for the day's success (pic: Sirotti)