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Two big talking points from today's penultimate stage of Italian Grand Tour...

Two ​big talking points have emerged from this afternoon’s Stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia as Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez was shown on television cuffing a spectator who had apparently knocked him off his bike, while Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma, who had already lost his podium position today, was penalised a further 10 seconds after he was shown receiving pushes from two fans.

The stage, which included five climbs in the Dolomites, was won by Lopez’s team mate Pello Bilbao, with race leader Richard Carapaz of Movistar maintaining his 1 minute 54 seconds advantage over Vincenzo Nibali, a margin that has never been overturned on a final day’s time trial in the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France.

Following the stage, Lopez, set to be confirmed tomorrow as winner of the white jersey for best young rider, said: "I am sorry for my emotions, but in the rush of the race, especially, in the final of the queen stage it is hard to control it.

"It was a bad situation, but, anyway, I am very sad because of the bad security level of the riders during the race.

"It is a pity I lost my chances today because this incident happened, but, unfortunately, this kind of situations happen regular and this is not good.

"I’d like to see more respect to the riders, who are doing their best during a cycling race."

Here’s what Sir Bradley Wiggins had to say about the incident on British Eurosport’s Breakaway show after the stage.

Meanwhile, Roglic was handed a 10-second penalty by the race jury after he was shown being pushed by a spectators as he tried to maintain contact with the overall contenders group.

Many of those lining the final two climbs today had made the trip from Slovenia to support the Jumbo-Visma rider, who now lies 23 seconds off a podium place after being overhauled by Movistar’s Mikel Landa today.

“How am I feeling at the moment? Tired”, Roglic said. “We will see tomorrow, after the time trial in Verona, wether I had the legs to finish on the podium today. I gave 110 percent and kept fighting until the finish. I cannot blame myself.

“This was a very tough queen stage. About the spectators I can only say that it is impossible to keep everything and everyone under control. There were many Slovenian supporters today who came to encourage me. I am very grateful for that.”

The Spaniard ceded 1 minute 7 seconds to Roglic in the opening time trial of the race in Bologna, covering just 8 kilometres, and 3 minutes 3 seconds on him on the 34.8-kilometre Stage 9 from Riccione to San Marino, and should overhaul that deficit on tomorrow’s 17-kilometre stage against the clock in Verona.

Nibali, who has a 1 minute 22 second advantage over Roglic would cede less than a minute to him based on their relative performances in both previous time trials and barring a catastrophe, Carapaz’s lead of the General Classification looks unassailable.

Finally, here's one that was flagged up in the comments below - Bauke Mollema very unimpressed as he suffers a mechanical, listen carefully and you can hear him yell, "F*ck*ing SRAM!"

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.