Italian pro cyclists take to Twitter after pictures posted to complain about rapacious fans

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.

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 …”

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!”

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.


Jamminatrix [158 posts] 1 month ago

Why blank his face out?? We need to stop rewarding bad people.

ridein [173 posts] 1 month ago

He was caught red handed, not red faced. He is not an alleged thief, so go ahead and reveal the thief. 

Cyclax Maximus [14 posts] 1 month ago
Jamminatrix wrote:

Why blank his face out?? We need to stop rewarding bad people.


Couldn't agree more. Society these days tends to favour the wrongdoer...

unconstituted [2355 posts] 1 month ago

Yeah, why did they blank him? That's weird. Is there is some law on this in Italy we're unaware of?