A brazen spectator at the Giro d’Italia has been snapped stealing a bidon from the bottle cage of a rider’s bike – as the cyclist was climbing Mount Etna.
The volcano provided the first summit finish of this year’s race on Tuesday’s Stage 4, with CCC Sprandi Polkewice rider Michal Schlegel the victim of the opportunistic theft.
— Ciclismo Ignorante (@Ciclignorante) May 11, 2017
Pictures of the incident, with the spectator’s face blanked out, were posted to Twitter by the Italian account Ciclismo Ignorante and prompted a couple of pro cyclists taking part in the race to chip in.
Referring to a curse widely used in southern Italy, UAE Team Emirates sprinter Sacha Modolo, who comes from the northeast of the country, said: “It’s normal. Do you know how many ‘chi ta muort’ or however the hell they say it I have been given in these parts because I didn’t give people my cap, helmet, jersey, shoes …”
@Ciclignorante @DansLaMusette @velonews @GazetteDesSport @CyclingHubTV @Cyclingnewsfeed normalità. sai quanti "chi ta muort" o come cavolo lo dicono da ste parti, mi son preso perchè non davo capellini, caschi, maglie, scarpe...
— Sacha Modolo (@SachaModolo) May 11, 2017
Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia rider Giuseppe Fonzi, who was in yesterday’s break and is from Pescara in central Italy’s Abbruzzi region, said: “The bidon … if you give it to them, they don’t thank you, if you don’t give it to them, they tell you to eff off! If we have some, we give them out, but we don’t manage to give one to everyone!”
@Ciclignorante @DansLaMusette @velonews @GazetteDesSport @CyclingHubTV @Cyclingnewsfeed A'burracc...gliela dai, non ti ringraziano...non gliela dai, ti mando a f.....o! Se ne abbiamo, le regaliamo, ma non riusciamo a tutti!
— Giuseppe Fonzi (@fonzig91) May 11, 2017
Schlegel himself has said nothing about the incident on Twitter.
Thanks to Twitter user @nemovelosolo for the spot.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.