Concussed cyclist narrowly avoids deadly collision with riders on Tour of California (VIDEO)
Video footage of the crash shows Latvian Skujins tumble violently to the ground while approaching a bend on a decline during the race.
Skujins gingerly makes it to his feet and is assisted onto by a race official before attempting to ride off again. However, a shaky Skujins falls almost face first in the middle off the road within moments of taking off.
As the confused rider stumbles on unsteady legs to retrieve a piece of his equipment from the road, he narrowly avoids being struck by the passing peloton - the main pack of riders - passing at high speed.
Skujins, who rides for team Cannondale-Drapac, suffered concussion and broke his collar bone in the fall and will now miss the rest of the Tour.
Cannondale-Drapac sports director Tom Southam told BBC Sport: "Toms' crash obviously had a huge impact on us today. It was a high-speed crash and unfortunately it happened at a time when the race was fragmented, which delays information and makes these situations extremely hard.
"Toms instinctively continued riding but it was clear that he couldn't go on. It's a blow for the team and for his own ambitions but that was a serious fall, and racing can take a back seat while he heals," he added.
Skujins did take time out of his hospital visit to post a light-hearted tweet of featuring a picture of himself with the caption: “I would never suggest getting in a fight with tarmac because you will [lose].”