Matej Mohoric has been forced to abandon the Giro d'Italia and left in an ambulance after a sickening crash on a descent on stage nine.
Slovenian Mohoric was part of an early breakaway and heading down the Passo Godi when he looked to horribly lose grip on a left-hand turn and flipped head over heels.
Despite initially looking ready to mount the spare bike after hauling himself back to his feet, Mohoric was stretchered into an ambulance and taken for medical checks.
Matej Mohoric (second from left) suffered a sickening crash on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia
Bahrain Victorious' Mohoric is pictured on stage six, three days before his horror dismount
His Bahrain Victorious was in the thick of the action as a number of riders looked to attack the race on the road to Campo Felice.
It was when Mohoric was behind team-mate Gino Mader that the horror incident took place, however.
His wheel re-gripped on the tarmac, but Mohoric, 26, was sent into the curb before careering over the handlebars and coming down directly on his head.
Mohoric was seen clipping the inside of the left curb as the riders looked to form a breakaway
As a result of the contact, Mohoric was sent flying over his handlebars before coming down
Footage from the television cameras revealed the shocking extent of the damage with Mohoric's ruined bike lying in pieces on the ground.
It appeared that the Slovenian's forks cleanly snapped when he made contact with the curb and the bike was effectively sliced in two.
Bahrain Victorious have provided an update on their rider. A statement said: 'He has been taken to the hospital by ambulance for radiological diagnostics.
'He is being kept under observation according to UCI concussion protocol.'
Mohoric's bike was also sent careering into the air during the heart-stopping incident in Italy
Mohoric had a neck brace fitted and was taken away after it was deemed he would not be able to continue.
Visibly rocked by the manner of his crash, Mohoric was also seen slumped down by the barriers along the right-hand side of the road.
Concussion protocols implemented for this season detail that a rider suspected to have suffered from an impact to their head should be assessed by first responders.
Footage from an aerial television camera showed Mohoric's battered bike in two different bits
Mohoric looked as though he was considering continuing but was taken away in an ambulance
This may be other riders, coaches or mechanics, and will depend on who arrives quickest at the scene of a crash.
Bahrain Victorious are now down to six riders overall after Mohoric was taken for treatment and Mikel Landa abandoned the race on stage five.
Landa, their general classification leader, suffered from a crash at high speed during the run-in to Cattolica for a sprint finish.