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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 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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