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Video: Riders disqualified after argy-bargy at top cyclo-cross race

TV cameras capture the pushing and shoving at Sunday's Flandriencross in Hamme...

Two riders in a top cyclo-cross race in Belgium on Sunday were disqualified after tempers flared between them, with the incident caught by TV cameras.

The unseemly set-to at the Flandriencross in Hamme took place between Vincent Baestaens of Beobank-Corendon and Crelan-Vastgoedservice rider Jens Adams, reports Sporza.

The pair had already clashed on one corner, Adams hitting the deck as Baestaens tried to overtake him.

Metres later, on the next corner, both riders came down – and some pushing and shoving followed, with Adams sent into the barriers by an irate Baestaens, the rider in the white, who apparently thought that his rival had aimed an elbow at him.

Baestens apologised afterwards, saying: “My reaction was wrong, I let myself get carried away in the heat of battle."

Adams said: “I made an arm movement, wanting to urge Vincent to ride more calmly. Unfortunately, both Vincent and the jury saw it differently.”

He added: “I am absolutely not by nature an aggressive rider and I tried to keep calm after I was pushed to the ground.

“However annoying it is, I’d like to close this matter on a positive note.

“Vincent, let’s draw a line under it and move onto next week – then we’ll fight each other fairly.”

The race was won by Baestaen’s team mate, the Dutch former world champion, Mathieu van der Poel – whose Strava ride we featured last week after he rode more than 200km home to Antwerp from the cancelled World Cup race at Koksijde.

> van der Poel rides 200km home after Koksijde cancellation

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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