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Nibali considering legal action over Brammeier’s ‘selfish moron’ tweet

Irish rider incensed by Italian’s comments relating to extreme weather protocol

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Vincenzo Nibali is considering taking legal action after Matt Brammeier called him ‘a selfish moron’ on Twitter. The Irishman’s comment came after the Astana rider expressed his displeasure at the cancellation of a stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.

On Sunday, Nibali tweeted a video of that day’s finishing climb which was devoid of snow. Astana have since said that they could pull the rider from the Giro d’Italia in May if race organiser RCS Sport are likely to make similar decisions, cancelling summit finishes due to bad weather.

In response, Dimension Data rider, Brammeier, tweeted: “Better you stay home & skip the whole season you narrow minded, selfish moron.”

Etixx – Quick-Step’s Tony Martin added: “Matt, you're a legend! I couldn't say it better!”

Brammeier told Cycling Tips that he had been spending time setting up the British and Irish riders’ union in recent months and as part of this had been looking at the extreme weather protocol. He feels that all pro cyclists should get behind the work that has been put in to establish safety measures.

“To see a comment like that is the typical mindset of cyclists of the past. It is just so narrow minded, only thinking about the next race. Just thinking about their goals and not considering the bigger picture, which is trying to make cycling more professional.

“What we have seen in the last few months and years is pretty embarrassing, really, in terms of avoidable crashes. We can’t and won’t eliminate every risk in cycling — but we should take common sense measures where possible.

“That is why I felt so strongly about it. And especially with a name as big as Nibali. If he says something like that, it can jeopardise everything that all those guys have done. We need to pull together and show solidarity.”

Nibali’s lawyer, Fausto Malucchi, said he was trying to contact Brammeier and Martin regarding the tweets, but didn’t think the matter would end up in court. Nibali himself simply seems keen to ensure that there is a Plan B for when stages are disrupted by adverse weather, rather than their having to be cancelled.

Last season, Nibali’s countryman and fellow Astana rider, Fabio Aru, threatened to sue Greg Henderson after the New Zealander appeared to publicly accuse him of feigning illness to cover up issues with his biological passport.

Henderson subsequently tweeted an apology, saying: “When you are sick. You are sick. Jumping to conclusions helps nobody. My mistake @FabioAru1. I should shut my mouth. Sincere apologies.”

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