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Video: Gianluca Brambilla and Ivan Rovny kicked off the Vuelta for fighting

OPQS and Saxo-Tinkoff riders booted off mid-stage for fisticuffs

Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma - Quick Step) and Ivan Rovny (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) have both been disqualified from the Vuelta a España for fighting mid stage on today's stage from San Martín del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona Lagos de Somiedo.

What caused the altercation isn't exactly clear but this vine below shows the incident as it appeared on the live TV feed:

Rovny is intially flustered at Brambilla half-wheeling him and gesticulates to Brambilla. He then appears to put his arm round Branbilla but the Italian responds by throwing an arm. Rovny gets that one in the face, but is back for more a little later, ducking one attempted stroke from Brambilla before landing one of his own. They carry on at each other for a good half a minute, and even when the commissaire's car pulls alongside Rovny can't help but have another quick dig.

Brambilla was first to feel the wrath of the race commissaires, receiving his DQ in short order. For a while it looked like the punishment would be one-sided, but when the race director's car pulled back to Rovny and gave him his marching orders too.

And did they deserve to get booted out of the race? Well, we've seen worse...

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