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Giro d’Italia rider has bidon stolen by fan – as he rides up Mount Etna

Italian pro cyclists take to Twitter after pictures posted to complain about rapacious fans

A brazen spectator at the Giro d’Italia has been snapped stealing a bidon from the bottle cage of a rider’s bike – as the cyclist was climbing Mount Etna.

The volcano provided the first summit finish of this year’s race on Tuesday’s Stage 4, with CCC Sprandi Polkewice rider Michal Schlegel the victim of the opportunistic theft.

Pictures of the incident, with the spectator’s face blanked out, were posted to Twitter by the Italian account Ciclismo Ignorante and prompted a couple of pro cyclists taking part in the race to chip in.

Referring to a curse widely used in southern Italy, UAE Team Emirates sprinter Sacha Modolo, who comes from the northeast of the country, said: “It’s normal. Do you know how many ‘chi ta muort’ or however the hell they say it I have been given in these parts because I didn’t give people my cap, helmet, jersey, shoes …”

Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia rider Giuseppe Fonzi, who was in yesterday’s break and is from Pescara in central Italy’s Abbruzzi region, said: “The bidon … if you give it to them, they don’t thank you, if you don’t give it to them, they tell you to eff off! If we have some, we give them out, but we don’t manage to give one to everyone!”

Schlegel himself has said nothing about the incident on Twitter.

Thanks to Twitter user @nemovelosolo for the spot.

Simon has been news editor at 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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