Eddy Merckx is incorrectly billed in the credits as Eddie Merckx.
If you watch closely in the scene at Monument National Park, you can see one of the cyclists (an extra) go over the edge. You see him, a puff of dust, and then he is gone. He went over a dropoff of over 1000 feet and was only saved when a small tree snagged his bike.
If you see cyclists with bandages, they weren't props. The medics were really kept busy. The scene where Rae does the tire change was filmed several times before she got it right. In previous attempts, she kept throwing the flattened wheel into the path of the oncoming racers (left). This caused a few of the bandages in the movie. Watch for it and you can imagine her throwing a wheel into your path!
When 'David' crashes just before the finish line, he would still have got his placing regardless if other riders passed him under UCI rules as he crashed within 300 mtrs of the finish, as long as he carried his bike across the line.
There was no need for him to rush over the line, as he did in the film.
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