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Video: Horses gallop alongside Giro d'Italia peloton

Luckily neither animals nor riders were hurt during incident on descent

Video posted to Twitter by Lampre-Merida shows the moment two frightened horses joined the Giro d’Italia peloton during a descent on Friday’s Stage 13 from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli, won by Sky’s Mikel Nieve.

Team staff in the car tried spraying water at the animals – which appear to be a mare and her foal – to try and make them stop, but to no avail.

Luckily, the galloping horses did not get collide with any riders or race vehicles, which could have had disastrous consequences for man and beast alike.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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