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Trials ace Vittorio Brumotti faces eye operation after mass punch-up (+ video)

Italian star of Road Bike Freestyle films involved in fight as he rode alongside his father in Liguria

Vittorio Brumotti, star of videos including Road Bike Freestyle, will undergo an operation on his right eye in the coming days after he was involved in a punch-up while riding in his home region of Liguria.

The 35-year-old trials rider, as well as his father Claudio and two friends, are among seven people reported to police yesterday following a fight that also involved three Albanians resident in Italy.

According to a report by La Stampa, the set-to had its origins in the slow speed that a support car following Brumotti and his father was travelling at as they rode their bikes.

The three Albanians involved, all of whom also required hospital treatment, are said to have reported the incident at a Carabinieri barracks in Borghetto, accompanied by a lawyer, to give their version of events.

This video shows Brumotti and his companions in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

According to Italian press reports, the fact that the three men involved in the fight with Brumotti and his companions were from Albania led to racist comments being made online.

In response, Brumotti appealed to his followers on social media such as Twitter not to give way to xenophobic prejudices.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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