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

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.

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.

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pdows47 [103 posts] 3 years ago
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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

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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If I was a gambling man, there is a 1 in 2 chance that his name has Van in it  3

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Leviathan [1932 posts] 3 years ago
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Van hits Ferrari?

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

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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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? ..

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Critchio [176 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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mikeprytherch [223 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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Metjas [362 posts] 3 years ago
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quite bizarre there is no reaction from any of the other riders, deemed acceptable by the peloton?

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seabass89 [212 posts] 3 years ago
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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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notfastenough [3674 posts] 3 years ago
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The moral of the story is stay the hell away from anyone called Ferrari!

Michele
Roberto
Fabricio!

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mybrainthinksim... [24 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 3 years ago
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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!'.