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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 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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