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Man who threw bike in front of Giro d'Italia could be deported from Italy

Joe Robinson
4 Jun 2019

Local reports suggest police identified the perpetrator as a 44-year-old Tunisian man

Local press are reporting that the man who threw a bicycle in front of the Giro d'Italia peloton could be deported from Italy. The incident happened in the town of Conegliano, 60km from the finish of Stage 18 of the recent Giro d'Italia.

As the three-man breakaway - including eventual stage winner Damiano Cima - passed through the town, RAI motorbike cameras picked up shots of a spectator attempting to clear a broken bicycle from the path of the race.

Subsequent footage was posted by Education First rider Sacha Modolo of a man dumping the bike into the roads just seconds before the race's arrival.

The same footage showed the second spectator racing across the road to clear the path before the break passed through moments later.

Oggi Treviso has since reported that police identified the hooded man as a 44-year-old Tunisian who resides in Vittorio Veneto. The same man is reported to also have previous misdemeanours for drugs.

The same newspaper has also suggested that this latest incident, combined with his previous drug offences, could see him expelled from Italy.

The race narrowly missed the bike and managed to reach the line unaffected with Cima taking the stage in a nailbiting finish.

The incident on Stage 18, however, was not the only moment in this year's race when spectators had an unwelcome impact on the peloton.

Stage 20 saw Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) launch a series of blows on a fan that had knocked him from his bike while running beside him.

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