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Watch: Katusha's Marco Haller confronts overeager fan who tries to snatch bottle from his mouth

Joe Robinson
24 May 2019

Austrian launches swearing tirade at fan who tries to snatch bottle from his mouth

Katusha-Alpecin's Marco Haller was forced into a swearing confrontation with an over-enthusiastic fan who attempted to snatch a bottle from the rider's mouth after Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia.

The Austrian rider was rolling through the stage finish on his way back to the team bus. As he passed a group of fans, one overzealous spectator went to grab a bottle from Haller's mouth.

Obviously, Haller did not take too well to this dangerous act, stopping to launch a foul-mouthed tirade at the fan.

While using plenty of expletives, Haller also shouted 'what is wrong with you?' into the fan's face. The shocked fan was instantly apologetic and thankfully a nearby official was on hand to prevent the situation from escalating.

The video of the incident was widely shared on social media after the stage with most condemning the fan for his actions and some even commending Haller for not acting further.

The incident happened at the end of Stage 12 of the Giro from Cuneo to Pinerolo, the first mountain stage of this year's race.

Haller had been in the day's break attacking on the Montoso climb before finding himself dropped finishing 9 minutes 57 seconds down on stage winner Cesare Benedetti of Bora-Hansgrohe.

Behind Benedetti, Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) gained 20 seconds on best-placed GC hopeful Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) while Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) haemorrhaged a minute to his biggest rivals.

The race returns today for another day in the mountains with the Giro's first summit finish of 2019 atop the Colle del Nivolet.