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Man who threw bike into path of Giro d'Italia riders to be deported from Italy

Perpetrator was 44-year-old Tunisian national with previous drug-related convictions

A man who threw a bicycle into the path of riders at the Giro d’Italia last week is to be deported from the country, it has been revealed.

The shocking incident happened as a three-man breakaway – including eventual stage winner Damiano Cima – sped through the town of Conegliano in the Veneto on last Thursday’s Stage 18 of the race.

Another spectator ran onto the road to retrieve the bike just as the riders approached to avert what could have been a serious crash.

The culprit – seen in the above video walking away from the scene, wearing a grey hoodie – was arrested shortly afterwards.

EF-Education First rider Sacha Modolo subsequently posted footage to Twitter showing the incident from another angle.

The man has since been identified as a 44-year-old Tunisian national, living in Vittorio Veneto, and with previous drug-related convictions, reports Oggi Treviso.

The newspaper says that a file has been opened to have him deported from the country as soon as possible.

Simon joined road.cc 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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Mungecrundle | 4 years ago
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Not interested in the lowlife scroat, more interested in the quick thinking spectator who acted very quickly and put himself at personal risk to prevent what could have been a serious incident. I hope he got some recognition and some acknowledgement from the riders, teams and race management.

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cbrndc replied to Mungecrundle | 4 years ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

Not interested in the lowlife scroat, more interested in the quick thinking spectator who acted very quickly and put himself at personal risk to prevent what could have been a serious incident. I hope he got some recognition and some acknowledgement from the riders, teams and race management.

Agreed. Canonised to sainthood and deported to the Vatican.

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Tinbob49 | 4 years ago
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Nationality of criminals and deportation is a funny subject.

I only wish there was a place we could deport some of our own citizens to when it becomes clear they only disrupt society and aren’t worth taxpayers money to provide long term care via the prison system.

The Italians have some cojones I’ll give them that. I bet the French would do the same if it happened on the tour.

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don simon fbpe | 4 years ago
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Deportation is still not the solution and gives the hard of thinking some sort of validity.

Trump would approve wholeheartedly.

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JF69 replied to don simon fbpe | 4 years ago
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JF69 replied to don simon fbpe | 4 years ago
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don simon fbpe wrote:

Deportation is still not the solution and gives the hard of thinking some sort of validity.

Trump would approve wholeheartedly.

Before you get your undies in a wad & turn this into your personal petty agenda:

The man, who is not an Italian citizen, violated the conditions of his stay in Italy on multiple occaisions, this was the last straw that even if considered on its own is enough legal grounds for explusion from the country.

In most European countries, any non-citizen who did that plus all his recidivism, whatever his nationality,  risks deportation after sentencing. 

Including the UK.

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don simon fbpe replied to JF69 | 4 years ago
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JF69 wrote:

don simon fbpe wrote:

Deportation is still not the solution and gives the hard of thinking some sort of validity.

Trump would approve wholeheartedly.

Before you get your undies in a wad & turn this into your personal petty agenda:

The man, who is not an Italian citizen, violated the conditions of his stay in Italy on multiple occaisions, this was the last straw that even if considered on its own is enough legal grounds for explusion from the country.

In most European countries, any non-citizen who did that plus all his recidivism, whatever his nationality,  risks deportation after sentencing. 

Including the UK.

Petty agenda? lolz. And I know that the UK is a long way from being perfect.

Where should they have deported the dude to if he had been an Italian?

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Rick_Rude replied to don simon fbpe | 4 years ago
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don simon fbpe wrote:

JF69 wrote:

don simon fbpe wrote:

Deportation is still not the solution and gives the hard of thinking some sort of validity.

Trump would approve wholeheartedly.

Before you get your undies in a wad & turn this into your personal petty agenda:

The man, who is not an Italian citizen, violated the conditions of his stay in Italy on multiple occaisions, this was the last straw that even if considered on its own is enough legal grounds for explusion from the country.

In most European countries, any non-citizen who did that plus all his recidivism, whatever his nationality,  risks deportation after sentencing. 

Including the UK.

Petty agenda? lolz. And I know that the UK is a long way from being perfect.

Where should they have deported the dude to if he had been an Italian?

Jail?

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brooksby | 4 years ago
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Wow. Here in Blighty, he would have been given a medal, offered the editorship of the DM and leadership of the Conservative Party...

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CygnusX1 replied to brooksby | 4 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

Wow. Here in Blighty, he would have been given a medal, offered the editorship of the DM and leadership of the Conservative Party...

Not sure the DM editorial would be up for grabs - yes on the plus side you have bloody cyclists thinking they own the roads, on the other hand ... imgrunts innit.

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