The Chinese Cycling Association has said it is investigating an incident at the Tour of Hainan on Friday in which riders and staff from the Keyi Look team attacked the occupants of a car belonging to the Switzerland team also competing in the race.
The incident, caught on film, was sparked after Keyi Look rider Wang Xin was involved in a crash after apparently being knocked off his bike by the driver of the Switzerland team car.
In the footage, Wang can be seen knocking one of the car’s occupants to the ground and then kicking him. He then took a track pump from a car and seemed about to attack another staff member of the Switzerland team before police and spectators restrained him.
In its statement, the CCA said that it “holds zero tolerance toward any uncivilized behaviour or violence and has asked all cycling teams, be they Chinese or international, to follow disciplinary rules."
The overall title at the nine-day UCI 2.HC race was won by Jacopo Mosca of the Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia team.
The Italy-based UCI Professional Continental outfit dominated the race, with Mosca taking the overall lead on Stage 7 from team mate Jakub Mareczko, winner of the previous five stages.
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