Rider sent crashing to ground after being elbowed during Norway's Glava Tour (+ link to video)

Topsport Vlaanderen rider seems to lash out at Caja Rural's Fabricio Ferrari... accidentally, or on purpose?

by Simon_MacMichael   May 19, 2013  

Glava Tour elbow video still (TV2.NO)

Norway's Glava Tour has gained worldwide exposure today, although less for the home victories of Alexander Kristoff of Katusha, winner of today's fifth and final stage, or Edvald Boasson Hagen's overall win for Team Sky, but rather because of a bizarre incident captured on camera 12.5km from the finish when a so far unnamed Topsport Vlaanderen rider appeared to elbow Caja Rural's Fabricio Ferrari, sending the Uruguyuan crashing to the ground.

It's not clear what provoked the incident, although as you can see from this video from local broadcaster TV2, Ferrari comes out of the bunch and around the Topsport Vlaanderen rider only to be sent flying from his bike as he pulls level.

It certainly doesn't look like an accident to us - the rider seems to look round before hitting out with his elbow, and keeps looking back after Ferrari hits the deck.

It's the second year running a rider with the surname Ferrari has been involved in controversy in the month of May in Scandinavia - 12 months ago Roberto Ferrari, then with Androni Giocattoli-Venezuala, was blamed for a crash that took out Mark Cavendish among others on Stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia in Denmark.

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Hopefully it was an accident, if not I'd expect a fairly significant punishment, there's no place for this kind of action in any sport

posted by pdows47 [111 posts]
19th May 2013 - 21:58


If I was a gambling man, there is a 1 in 2 chance that his name has Van in it Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
19th May 2013 - 23:43


Van hits Ferrari?

umm, there is no context to the video, there must have been some goings on earlier.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1822 posts]
20th May 2013 - 0:40


pdows47 wrote:
Hopefully it was an accident, if not I'd expect a fairly significant punishment, there's no place for this kind of action in any sport

hmmm ... how you think this was an accident ffs? ..

posted by Karbon Kev [683 posts]
20th May 2013 - 11:04


Looks to me like the guy in green who hit the deck quickly pedals after the other guy in blue. The rider in green then raises his arm first and then the rider in blue seems to react to it by raising his elbow.... I gotta say, it doesn't look deliberate to me from the rider in blue. Clearly some kind of dispute that ended unfortunately but I am not seeing a deliberate elbow to unsaddle a rider, emphasis on deliberate. Or maybe its just me...but it seems this is another roadcc report that doesn't seem to be objective or factual. The green guy clearly goes after the other rider and raises his arm first from what I can see.

posted by Critchio [145 posts]
20th May 2013 - 11:12


Always amazes me that watching the same video can result in different views, I cannot see how this was NOT deliberate.

The guy in green rides up to the guy in blue, clearly something was said, the guy in green raises his arm, the guy in blue responds but more forcefully, guy in green ends up on the floor.

OK you could argue that the guy in blue did not intend to knock the other guy off, but there is no way you are going to get a bang like that and stay on your bike, he actions where always going to end with him on the deck.

posted by mikeprytherch [220 posts]
20th May 2013 - 11:43


quite bizarre there is no reaction from any of the other riders, deemed acceptable by the peloton?

posted by Metjas [349 posts]
20th May 2013 - 11:44


It was not an accident. Both riders got fined NOK1200 (£120) and got 1 second (!) time penalty (aka. demoted to last in their group)

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posted by seabass89 [235 posts]
20th May 2013 - 22:51


The moral of the story is stay the hell away from anyone called Ferrari!


In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
20th May 2013 - 23:12


I don't think there was intention to knock him down, more an instincive response, the rider in green raises his arm in frustration at something pre the reel we see, the rider in blue reacts, unfortunately the rider in green is unbalanced (much like the comments in here) due to having one hand on the bars and stomping the pedlas and goes down.

posted by mybrainthinksim... [24 posts]
21st May 2013 - 2:51


I think the rider in green having been 'dropped' on the previous climb, cycles up to the blue rider and says in a Charles Hawtrey voice 'Hello, me again!'.

posted by robert_obrien [120 posts]
22nd May 2013 - 16:00