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Giro d’Italia Videos: Miguel Angel Lopez slaps fan who knocked him from bike, Primoz Roglic penalised for push, Bauke Mollema swears after mechanical

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!"

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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shutuplegz | 4 years ago

Yeah, 'Chapeau!' in its most literal sense !! 

Scoob_84 | 4 years ago

Did he win a red number for the following day? 

Rapha Nadal replied to Scoob_84 | 4 years ago
Scoob_84 wrote:

Did he win a red number for the following day? 


EM69 | 4 years ago
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Just suprised this doesent happen more often with some of the dickheads you see on the slopes, spoil it for the riders and other spectators. In tours gone by you rarely saw anyone running alongside the riders, people seemed to have more dignity and respect. 

handlebarcam | 4 years ago
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Those poseurs resting their hands on the back of his saddle, probably while another bloke videoed it to post on social media, didn't cause Roglic to surge forward or even change cadence. He might not even have noticed at first. I think a time penalty was a little harsh.

But I whole-heartedly agree with the decision not to take action against Lopez. Someone needed to show these morons that their actions have consequences. Even if only that one idiot thinks twice in the future, it was worth it. Plus the cap being sent flying off his head was a thing of beauty.

Another highlight from yesterday was Mollema definitely not hiding yet another incidence of electronic garbage screwing up.

fixit | 4 years ago
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slap the fuckin idiots!!

BigYin | 4 years ago

Can you imagine if it'd been Hinault BITD instead of Lopez...   there'd have been blood and hair on the armco, and he'd probably have lost 15 minutes, just in time spent punching the guy so no need to bother with fines/suspensions...





Butty replied to BigYin | 4 years ago
BigYin wrote:

Can you imagine if it'd been Hinault BITD instead of Lopez...   there'd have been blood and hair on the armco, and he'd probably have lost 15 minutes, just in time spent punching the guy so no need to bother with fines/suspensions...





Yup, when those 'roids starting raging, there's no holding back.

CXR94Di2 | 4 years ago

Lopez should of carried on and beat the shit out of him.laugh

  Roglic failed to swat away the helpers, so gets a fair penalty 

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