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Giro d'Italia videos: British glamour model almost causes crash ... moto cop knocks pink-suited cyclist off his bike

Incidents happened during 100th edition's Big Start on Sardinia...

It's a rest day at the Giro d'Italia today as the race transfers from Sardinia to Sicily ahead of tomorrow's stage to Mount Etna - but here's a couple of videos from the opening days that have caught our attention. One was the moment a British glamour model who has appeared on the cover of Playboy almost caused a crash in the peloton, the other a police motorcycle outrider barging a pink-suited cyclist off his bike as the race approached.

April Summers, who comes from London but now lives on Sardinia, had her back to the riders as she jumped and waved as they sped past,  apparently unaware that she was moving into the path of the right-hand side of the peloton.

Luckily, the 28-year-old, whose real name is Nadia Foster, posted footage to Twitter that showed just how close she came to hitting riders as they passed her on yesterday's Stage 3 to Cagliari.

Here's one of the more printable replies her tweet received. 

Meanwhile, as the peloton approached Nuoro on Saturday's Stage 2, a man dressed in a pink suit was filmed being knocked off his bike by one of the police outriders accompanying the race (see main video above).

He was one of two cyclists who were riding on the road, closed for the race's passage, and who had been asked to get off the course.

The other, dressed in a yellow suit, complied, but the one in the pink didn't.

Both have been fined for failure to respect the road closure and for endangering the peloton, reports the website of local newspaper La Nuova Sardegna.

Simon joined road.cc 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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Skylark | 6 years ago
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Bazooms..

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ChainedToTheWheel | 7 years ago
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The silliest thing is that she spent who knows how long waiting by the side of the road in the sun, and then just when the reason for actually being there approaches she turns her back to mug for the camera and misses it.

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peted76 | 7 years ago
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Well reading this thread has made for an enjoyable few mins.. all opinions thrown into a pot, misconstruted, escalated and spurted out as intellectual fighting talk as only the internet can do... and lets not forget we're such a tough lot us cyclists, all arm muscle!

I quite liked the video with the woman, made me chuckle and I wasn't looking at her boobs.

Another story of spectators getting to close, wasn't it the 2014DTF where there was a 'spate' of pro's slapping the phones out of spectators hands, that was fun to watch, bring back selfie slappings!

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Hugor | 7 years ago
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The publisher of this video chose to display her semi exposed breasts under the cyclical effects of gravity.  She didn't publish her deeper understanding of the race nor any material of greater intellectual value.  I think its entirely appropriate to comment on the material presented in the same context in which it was published.  The main actress advertised her sexuality and I expressed my approval.  Flame away if you must.  If a beautiful intelligent woman published material of higher intellectual interest and was reduced to a sex object then I might agree with many posts in this thread.  This post however is no more than a bimbo flashing her tits.

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Yorkshire wallet | 7 years ago
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Cleary she has NO INTEREST IN BIKES whatsoever. Wouldn't have felt sorry for her in the slightest if she'd got clouted.

I can at least understand a FAN trying to get a selfie.

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JonD replied to Yorkshire wallet | 7 years ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

Cleary she has NO INTEREST IN BIKES whatsoever. Wouldn't have felt sorry for her in the slightest if she'd got clouted.

I can at least understand a FAN trying to get a selfie.

Why ? Cos it's a woman bouncing up and down rather than bloke ? Kinda difficult to tell who a bigger 'fan' is when they're doing something vaguely comparable (ie not watching the race).
Perhaps you have a promising career as a psychic or mind reader  4

In any case, a lot of people go for the general occasion, the peleton passes so fast that unless you're on a climb, a stage roll-out or where theres multiple laps, watching the 'race' is over in a matter of seconds, and it's nigh on impossible to see who's where.
IMO of course. ..

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MandaiMetric replied to Yorkshire wallet | 7 years ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

Cleary she has NO INTEREST IN BIKES whatsoever.

While she may not have sufficient interest in bikes to satisfy some road.cc forum warriors on this thread; She has clearly made some effort, in order to end up stood by a Sardinian highway at the precise moment a major bike race comes whizzing past. Unless she's there every day waiting for the bus?

I'm in no place to criticise that, given my effort has been limited to setting the DVR and cursing when stages 1 & 2 were cut off, and then watching the last few km (with Basque commentary) on steephill.tv.

Doesn't mean she wasn't acting like a bit dufus though.

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barbarus | 7 years ago
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She's no more silly than the (usually male) fans who block the roads getting smartphone pictures on the mountains then not getting out of the way in time. Ok so she likes looking at the camera but is there anyone who doesn't these days?

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tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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She looks left and her view is obscured by the big guy with the smartphone out. Easy mistake to make, especially when you're being egged on for the camera. Less than a meter to go from being a righteous well-behaved fan to hate du jour. crying

People stand there for hours, loosen up, and start feeling safe. They should make apps for these big events that show your location (using location services enabled) on the route and how close the peleton is to coming. Alerts when they're close. Some race sites do offer live updates with some form of idea of where the riders are, so it's not entirely novel, just needs putting into a modern accessible format that everyone can download. Tie it in with Velon or DiData to get other cool stats for the more hardcore fans. A lot of them have those Quark or DiData collectors now, but the info isn't being used well. 

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NorthEastJimmy | 7 years ago
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I was annoyed with her actions until I read some of the above comments, now I just feel sorry for her.

 

You guys are scum.

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davel | 7 years ago
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@MandaiMetric: absolutely - some stuff, for me, is beyond reason or comment.

I'm just objecting to the implication that some daft comments in response to this daft story are representative of anything other than this daft thread.

Edit: I just read my previous post back and what was intended as light-hearted sarcasm reads as more scathing than that - so @Jackson: apologies if that's how it comes across. This thread is silly and I've no axe to grind for you.

(but I do think it's just a silly thread and gone a bit Carry On, bar the odd comment)

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Jackson | 7 years ago
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After reading these comments I can't imagine why cycling isn't more popular among women

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davel replied to Jackson | 7 years ago
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Jackson wrote:

After reading these comments I can't imagine why cycling isn't more popular among women

I can see how you'd reach that conclusion. It is exactly the same situation.

My Sunday club run is peppered with women, who take their clothes off for a living, pratting about and almost knocking the others off their bikes.

Po-faced men, though, looking for an excuse to pontificate on sexism? Now, they are a rare breed.

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MandaiMetric replied to davel | 7 years ago
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davel wrote:

I can see how you'd reach that conclusion. It is exactly the same situation. My Sunday club run is peppered with women, who take their clothes off for a living, pratting about and almost knocking the others off their bikes. Po-faced men, though, looking for an excuse to pontificate on sexism? Now, they are a rare breed.

To be fair, Jackson's comment had more connection to cycling than the above saying "I'd still give her one...". Perhaps that would be a comment more deserving of scorn?

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Hugor | 7 years ago
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I'd still give her one .... or two

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Dr_Lex | 7 years ago
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^

genuine LOL!

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Dr_Lex | 7 years ago
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(Dupe)

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Dnnnnnn | 7 years ago
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Where's Plasterer's Radio...?

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Grahamd | 7 years ago
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What would David Moyes have done?

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Valbrona | 7 years ago
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Why give publicity to stunted-brained cretins who want to attract publicity? It seems that all of cycling's media outlets have not learned this lesson yet.

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DrG82 | 7 years ago
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"Glamour Model" doesn't that just mean porn star?

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beezus fufoon replied to DrG82 | 7 years ago
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DrG82 wrote:

"Glamour Model" doesn't that just mean porn star?

I think the video makes it obvious why she's not gotten any roles that involve speaking... 

or moving.

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StraelGuy replied to beezus fufoon | 7 years ago
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beezus fufoon wrote:

I think the video makes it obvious why she's not gotten any roles that involve speaking... 

or moving.

 

You may be right, there's a definite air of "My favourite colour's cheese!" about her.

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KevM replied to StraelGuy | 7 years ago
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guyrwood wrote:

You may be right, there's a definite air of "My favourite colour's cheese!" about her.

This is my new favourite insult.

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Benjamin Nickolls replied to KevM | 7 years ago
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KevM wrote:
guyrwood wrote:

You may be right, there's a definite air of "My favourite colour's cheese!" about her.

This is my new favourite insult.

 

10 out of 10, would lol again. 

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simonmb | 7 years ago
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I've looked at this a couple of times, and I think the term 'ex-glamour model' could be more fairly applied.

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davel replied to simonmb | 7 years ago
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simonmb wrote:

I've looked at this a couple of times

...for research purposes..? Yeah, me too.

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Yorkshire wallet | 7 years ago
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British police should apply that sort of driving/riding to scrotes on stolen mopeds.

I do wonder which way italian law would have gone if that guy had suffered a head injury?

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