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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 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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