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Podiums, Pushes & Punches: The Last Week Of The Giro d’Italia | The Cycling Race News Show

Podiums, Pushes & Punches: The Last Week Of The Giro d’Italia | The Cycling Race News Show


(beeping) Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up today, the Giro
wraps with pushes, punches, and the first ever
winner for an Ecuadorian in the form of Richard Carapaz. We’ll be going through
five things we’ve learnt over the final week of the race. We’ve also got the Dirty Kanza with all of its pre-race
controversy and beef, plus the Tour of Norway, the
LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour, the Under-23 Paris-Roubaix,
and the Flèche du Sud. As the dust settles on
the 102nd Giro d’Italia, we thought we’d look back
at five things we’ve learnt over the final week of
racing, and believe it or not, we’re going to start with UCI rules. Spectators and media alike were once again left confused on Saturday by the rulings of the sports
government body, the UCI. It concerned two incidents,
the first was this, a lengthy push of Primož Roglič by two over-enthusiastic spectators. And the second one was this; Miguel Ángel López giving a spectator a few slaps round the chops
after he caused him to crash. Fair enough, some people said. The spectator had what was coming to him after being so stupid, disrupting a race which the rider had
prepared for for months. Others claimed that there should never be an excuse for physical violence, and that, despite
understanding the reaction, López should have been disqualified. Which, under the letter of the UCI rules, that’s exactly what should have happened. They just decided not to implement them after scrutinizing the incident. Here’s a reaction from a couple of pros competing up at the Tour of Norway. – I would say I get the
reaction of López for sure, because it is annoying when
a spectator who wants to run, who shouldn’t be running next to you, and then he takes you down, of course you’re angry,
you’re in full effort, but of course you cannot do that. Yeah, no, I think, obviously
it’s not good either way. I can understand the high
emotion, you know, it’s, we wouldn’t go into their
job and start running around and pushing people around, it’s
good that he can get there, but you need to just be sensible. When I won the stage in Colorado, actually had a guy fall over next to me and the motorbike hit
him on the way through. I understand people getting excited, but I watched Tour of California the other day when I was at home, and I saw on Mt Baldy
as well, that was just, I get that the fans are excited, but I don’t really see the reason to run next to the riders to get your three seconds
of fame on TV, you know? In a tutu or something. – On the other hand, Primož Roglič was handed a ten-second
penalty for an uninvited push. One which could have cost him
his place on the final podium. Again, that’s what the UCI rules state. But it appears that
they only implement them when they want to. Now this, too, divided opinions. Some question, how on earth could a rider get punished for something
out of their control, while others, including me, in fact, felt that Roglič should have at least made some kind of gesture to suggest that he didn’t want to
be pushed even if he did. Otherwise, you can put
out a whole army of fans on the steepest climbs just to give you a handy push at the right time. Regardless of your own opinion,
I think that all we want is for the UCI to apply their own rules, and to apply them consistently and evenly. I mean, even as someone who’s
been in the sport for years, I get confused by them, let alone somebody that’s
just started watching. Also, as always, we’d
love to hear your thoughts on both incidents in the
comments section below, and you can also take the
poll that’s on the screen, to give your opinion on López. Richard Carapaz was a surprise
winner for many this year, but in hindsight, he shouldn’t have been. – Primož Roglič. – Vincenzo Nibali. – Simon Yates. – Vincenzo Nibali. – Vincenzo Nibali. – Superman López. – Simon Yates. – Success rate, zero. One of us should have
picked him up though, he was fourth last year
in his first outing, including a stage win. That’s a pretty good
indication of future success, as was the fact that he and Landa dominated the Asturias Race
just one week before the Giro. Regardless of whether or not he should’ve been under the
radar, doesn’t really matter, he’s well and truly on it now. Having dominated in the mountains, in which he never once looked in trouble. In fact, the only time he set a foot wrong was when he got caught
behind a crash on stage 3, losing 46 seconds. In the same way that Greg
LeMond and Lance Armstrong put cycling on the map in America, Wiggins and Cavendish in the UK, Carapaz will now do the same in Ecuador. The government even put the last stage on free-to-view national TV so the whole country
could celebrate together. His win will put cycling on the map in his home country of Ecuador and will inspire a whole generation of new cyclists and racers. We’re becoming used to
Columbians wreaking havoc in the mountains of grand tours but expect in a few years’ time to see a few more Ecuadorians, too. From the moment the Giro route
was announced last October, we knew it was going to be back-loaded, i.e, easier in the first
half than a standard Giro, building up to a brutal final week. The aim, presumably, being
to leave us all in suspense until the final moment. However, I don’t think I’ll be alone in saying it didn’t really work. Now, in some ways, that wasn’t
really the organizers’ fault; strongest rider on the strongest team went into the race lead with a week to go and he never even looked
close to cracking. They were also forced to remove
this year’s highest point, the Gavia, due to the
threat of avalanches. That said, however exciting
that final week had been, it would’ve been hard to make
up for the first 11 days, which wasn’t exactly
edge-of-your-seat stuff. It’s in stark contrast to
what we normally expect from the Giro route,
which throws up surprises with its route, that in turn often produces surprises and shocks
in the race itself, too. Lots was expected of Vincenzo
Nibali for this year’s race; not only did he have the
whole nation behind him, he also had the weight of the
international cycling world, who were hoping, praying, wishing, that he’d make his
trademark decisive attack, despite his best efforts,
he didn’t quite manage it. But for me, Nibali at this year’s race cemented the position as one
of cycling’s all-time greats. The consistency he’s
shown over the grand tours of the last 12 years is
nothing short of remarkable. 21 grand tours, four wins and
now 11 times on the podium, which puts him an equal fifth
in the all-time greats list with Chris Froome, according
to Café Roubaix on Twitter. Whenever you think you can write him off, he comes back with a bit
and shows you what he’s got. The timing of his form,
his tenacity on the bike and the fact that he’s
also won Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia make him one of the best riders ever in my opinion. And finally, we learnt
that perseverance pays off. One of the most feel-good moments of the Giro had to be seeing Chad Haga take his maiden grand tour
stage win yesterday in Verona. The American had come to the race in support of Tom Dumoulin, but when he went home the first week, the team and Chad had to
reset and make new goals. For Chad, that meant the time trials. Most eyes were on Campenaerts
and Roglič for the win, but Haga meticulously planned his race and pulled off the time trial
of his life to take the win. Seeing his emotion as he
realized what he’d done was enough to make everyone
else emotional, too. It’s always great to see
the good guys have their day and that’s exactly what
happened yesterday. And so, to wrap up our
coverage of this year’s Giro, I shall leave you with Chad’s final Giro oversimplified tweet. Stage 21: This guy was left speechless and in tears when he
became today’s top guy, and the top guy became the Top Guy. Nice work, Chad, good
on you, you deserve it. The Giro though wasn’t the
only race going on last week. In fact there’s been
plenty of other action. We’ll start with the
Dirty Kanza gravel race. This event, as many of you will be aware, has catapulted itself from
its first ever event in 2006, where less than 50 riders took part, to Saturday’s event,
which saw close to 3000, including some of
America’s top pro riders. Which in itself became controversial. Like all cool, niche
events, there are inevitably those that resent the
fact that it’s got bigger. The ethos of gravel racing is that there are no hard and fast rules apart from fact that you have to be completely self-supported. That in itself has become an issue. There was a bit of an
online spat last week between the likes of MTB pro Goeff Kabush and former winner Ted King against a number of the pros taking part, including Trek-Segafredo’s
piece Stetina and Kiel Reijnen. The issue? The use of time trial
bars and gravel bikes. Kabush and King completely anti, Stetina and Reijnen wondering
what all the fuss was about considering there are no rules. Perhaps, time for some unwritten rules. It’s a subject we’ll be discussing more on the GCN show tomorrow, in terms of the controversy regarding pro rider participation, it was in the end, unnecessary. Yes, they filled most
of the top five spots in the men’s race, but they didn’t win. That accolade went to Colin Strickland, a double winner of the world
gravel bike championships. Don’t worry if you
don’t know that existed, neither did we. He came home though, three
minutes ahead of Stetina, who controversially had taken a Twizzler at the 185 mile mark. Again, more on that tomorrow. It was an impressive ride by Strickland, who became the first rider to complete the event in under 10 hours, and at an average speed
of over 20 miles an hour. In the women’s event there
was far less controversy, 26-year-old Amity Rockwell
of Easton Overland got the better of Alison
Tetrick in the closing 25 miles, finishing the event in just a
few seconds short of 12 hours. We also have the tour of Norway last week, most of the six stages
ended up in a bunch, which makes it all the more surprising that we had six different stage winners. Cees Bol kicked things
off on the opening day with a win for Team Sunweb
whilst the following day, it was the turn of young
Columbian Jose Alvaro Hodeg, Edvard Boasson Hagen
took a much-needed win for Dimension Data on day three, coming home two seconds in
front of Joris Niewenhuis, taking the leader’s jersey in the process. Another youngster, Edoardo Affini took his first pro win for
Mitchelton-SCOTT on stage four. You can remember that he was the guy calmly putting out 450
watts while barely breathing on the Zwift event that
preceded the Giro d’Italia. Definitely a name to watch
over the next few years. The remainder of the race though, turned into a ding dong battle between Boasson Hagen and fellow Norwegian Alexander Kristoff, who
in winning stage five had gone into the lead by a single second. On the final stage, despite a late attack by Edoard Boasson Hagen,
Kristoff came home in third, behind Kristoffer Halverson. He’d done enough to secure the overall victory in his home race. There are some races that are just iconic, Paris-Roubaix to many is the monument. As a junior, if you’ve
decided on a pro career, winning this one will make people really sit up and take notice. Current pros such as Geraint
Thomas, Jasper Stuyven, Mads Pederson and the
up-and-coming Tom Pidcock have all taken victory in this event. You might remember that
earlier in the year it was announced that due to a
€10,000 short-falling budget, it was unlikely that the Under-19 edition of this year’s race would take place. Trek-Segafredo’s John
Degenkolb stepped into the void and kickstarted a GoFundMe campaign with a €2,500 donation from himself, it quickly gathered momentum, and along with the
likes of Michael Rogers, Heinrich Haussler, Rick
Zabel and 300 others, the race was saved. Degenkolb of course, has a
special place in Roubaix history, taking the pro version in 2015. But also, who will ever forget his emotional Stage 9 victory in the 2018 Tour de France into Roubaix. Benefiting from that was
Hidde Van Veenendaal, who took victory ahead of
Hugo Toumire and Lars Boven. In the Under-23 version, Tom Pidcock again showed
his class and development, taking his second victory
over the cobblestones. Like his older contemporary in
cross, Mathieu van der Poel, who many tip as a future winner of the the Hell of the North, could Pidcock become the
first rider to win all three? Time will tell. The LOTTO Thüringen
Ladies’ Tour in Germany is one of the most important and prestigious stage
races on the calendar. Now in its 32nd year, it also kicks off a busy couple of months that also includes the
Women’s Tour in Great Britain, which starts next Monday and the Giro Rosa in July, watch out for that one on GCN Racing. Despite not winning a stage, consistency rewarded
Kathrin Hammes of the win. She’d gone into the
lead on the second day, and with the help of her
WNT Pro-Cycling team, defended it all the way to the finish on the final day in Altenburg. The race also saw the continuation of an incredible season
for Marta Bastianelli, who in winning Stage 2, claimed her seventh
win this season so far. There was also a win for
Ellen van Dijk of Team Sunweb in the individual time trial
on the penultimate day, a high that was closely followed by a low, as it emerged that her
team bike had been stolen from the bike room at the team hotel on the evening of the final stage. If you see it, I’m sure
she and Trek-Segafredo would love to hear from you. Finally this week, a few
words about the Flèche du Sud. So while Mathieu van der Poel has basically been crushing the
hopes and dreams of everyone from cyclo-cross, road and
mountain bikes this year, you might be excused for
thinking that his cross rivals are all sat at home. Not so. Step up, Telenet Fidea Lions
in this week’s Flèche du Sud. Quinten Hermans, Toon Aerts and Daan Soete going one, two, three in the prologue. Not content with that,
Hermans then won the two stages again, with Toon Aerts third on Stage 1 and Stage 2. Great to see these guys on great form, and it certainly bodes
well for the winter. Right, that’s all for this week, things quiet down a
little bit temporarily, but next week we’ll be back with the opening stage
of Critérium du Dauphiné, the Grande Prix de Gatineau
and the Tour of Luxembourg. Speaking of which, we’ll
have daily highlights of the Dauphiné over on our Facebook page, so make sure you head over
there and see how Froome, Quintana, Porte, Pinot and
Bardet are all getting on with their preparation
for the Tour de France. In the mean time, if you’d like to see how hard
cycling was in a bygone era, you can see how Ollie got
on at the Croce d’Aune with a vintage bike and kit
by clicking it down here. Have a great week from me, Marty. See you soon, bye for now.

100 comments on “Podiums, Pushes & Punches: The Last Week Of The Giro d’Italia | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. implementing the rules 100% is neither possible nor needed. just think of a football (soccer, that is) yellow card – which is a punishment/penalty. do they always give yellows to offenders? no. the card is reserved for the cases where the foul was clearly intentional or severe.

    i think uci did good here judging both the incidents, so the question here is not the rules + consistency of their implementation, but rather rules + a good judge

  2. Don't think Lopez should have swatted the fan, but I totally get why he did it when you think of how Nibali was taken out of the TdF last year by a spectator. If the UCI rules say its forbidden, then he should have been DQ'ed. Same thing with Roglic and the pushing issue. I recall reading that the fan pushing thing was traditionally overlooked for domestiques who were not contending for the GC. I suspect the only reason they called it on him was because he was in contention for the podium.

  3. I told you guys. Carapaz gonna win. Sometimes I got the feeling you underestimate latinamerican riders. Greetings from Ecuador.

  4. The spectator should have been beaten up by a couple of marchals aswell, and made to pay a hefty fine to the affected rider and to the Giro.

  5. Didn't the "fan" who caused Lopez to crash instigate the violence? I say yes. Maybe this will serve as a cautionary tale for all the idiot cycling "fans" who think they have a right to get physical with the riders.

  6. I think neither Roglic nor Lopez should have been punished. The organizers should take responsibility for crowd control, and the individual idiots intervening, not the riders.

  7. The grand tours are rediculous courses now,the time trial distances should be double what they are.The grand tour riders are the best climbers in the world,not the best cyclist.TDF especially used to be a race to find out who is thr Best cyclist in the world NOT who is thr best climber.

  8. Lopez apologised on the press conference and I think his explenation was quite honest. On the othere hand and for those making a big deal out of this… No one said anything when Froome hit an spectator who was running beside him in the TDF 2016 stage 8… Froome neither fell nor lost time. .. Lopez lost ruffly 1 20 because of this.

  9. I honestly don't understand Lopez getting away with disqualification for having a "human reaction" Surely every time that rule is invoked it is for a "human reaction". I don't think there has ever been a problem with pro cyclists getting off their bikes and attacking spectators on a whim.
    Understandable reaction? Yes, which is why no one should be calling for him to be birched, or driven out of the sport, but equally he should have the rules applied to him as written.
    Do we rewrite the rule to be based on a panel decision on how stupid or annoying the spectator needs to be first? Or does it depend on how popular or successful the rider is? See what happens next time. UCI are always consistent in their inconsistency.

  10. I 100 % support Lopez's actions, that douche bag wanted to be involved in the race thusly causing an accident, disrupting a professional sporting event. He's an idiots and they should all be dealt with like you deal with idiots, I give Lopez monster kudos..!!

  11. Wasn’t a classic Giro I’m afraid, also the overall classification teams didn’t seem to want to win stages.

  12. The current cycling setup is actually dangerous and causes more crashes than it should. First of all move bikes up to a 10 kg minimum and start every racer at 2 minute intervals, basically you are always on time trial mode and this creates a more interesting race where your position is based on a 40 km time trial to start every race section . This allows no advantage to anyone as you don't know who the hell is in what position based on time. This means at 10 kg bikes and always being timed based on position the last person that started could actually win the race because it is not based on finishing position but time to start position.

  13. 3:03 Are you….. hmmm…. are you…. sure? Two 'who knows who" are pushing your bike and you have to get hands off the steering bar to make "some kind of gestures"?
    Ten seconds for a split second advantage is the anti Eastern European Nazi move, TBH.
    And the (generally speaking, rightful) slapping of the fan was not penalized since the offending person is from Western Europe. Oh, I'm so glad I stopped watching the UCI governed races: got more time for my own cycling.

  14. I agree you shouldn't run alongside the riders, but those two dudes in lab coats chasing Chris Froome with a giant inhaler a while back was damn funny. XD

  15. Lopez was already penalized when he lost control and confronted his assailant instead of getting up and trying to minimize his losses, hence the time penalty was not applicable. Roglic had only the benefits of the external help, so the penalty was applicable on his case.

  16. With all the fan problems that we have seen this year I think it is time for the UCI to start handing out fines to the spectators that get in the way not the rider’s reaction. The people that pushed Roglic, the person that knocked off Lopez and the guy crossing the road Infront of quickstep should all be fined for what they did. If you start to hold the people causing the problem responsible then maybe people will think twice about doing something stupid. Just have the police follow in the convoy and report spectator behavior and start handing out fines!

  17. UCI RULES… This time, I actually think they were applyed correctly. Miguel Angel Lopez was full on, and it simply shouldn´t have happened. The hits that he gives the spectator, true, the are violent, but they are slaps, nothing more than what he recieved from the fan. So it´s not a correct but a fair reply.
    Now, Roglic, he was kinda strugguling, and he did nothing to avoid the help. He could also have thrown a slap to the guy´s arm inviting him to stop, he didn´t.
    **Not native speaker, do appologize for spelling mistakes. No harm if they are pointed out.

  18. I'm not sure wether or not you've heard the incredibly sad news from Denmark this week.
    On May 31st the 3rd stage of the danish child- and youth race Tour de Himmelfart was held, it was a time trial on a route that was 8,6km long.
    Andreas Byskov Sarbo, an 18-year old cyclist from Roskilde in Denmark crashed with a car that had mysteriously gotten past the roadblocks, and on June 1st he passed away because of the wounds.
    This terrible accident has shaken the entire danish cycling community.
    May he rest in peace🙏🙏💔💔💗💗

  19. If a rider is taken down because of stupidity by a fan. The fan should be arrested and fined and put on a community service. The rider then should be given back the time lost, when possible.

  20. We have to understand that Miguel Angel Lopez is pushing his body and mind through limits that most people cannot even start to imagine! I understand Miguel Angel Lopez's reaction completely. The Organization needs to improve and ensure the integrity of the riders!

  21. 1:02 he should have smacked the hell out that excited spectator with one of his roadbike shoes, and then throw him off the road, while swearing and cursing him at the same time. And that UCI judge who put 2s penalty on that other rider at 3:10 should loose his job and legal license to judge any other sport events for life, also the rider should sue him.

  22. English is not my idiom, but, I can understand subtitles. GCN always provide subtitles. I can`t understand just hearing. That`s a pitty.

  23. Lopez, should've been DQ. Roglic, penalty justified, and yes he should've made some effort to stop the fans pushing him but still, penalty justified. Carapaz? Stay at Movistar!! Lopez (again!) has just been showed up by Carapaz as a rider similar to Quintana, fragile and prone to bad luck and poor form at key moments.

  24. The Lopez incident is a disgrace, there is no excuse for what Lopez did.

    How can he be a role model? How can he be called "superman" and slap a spectator? I think the real superman would have beaten the living shit out of that guy, kick him or something, not just slap him.

    So disappointed in Lopez.

  25. When I hear that pros are showing up to a gravel event I just laugh. The whole idea of gravel riding was formed to get away from racing.That is the reason there are no rules. Now bike companies are getting behind it and why do you ask? So they can sell you another bike. I think the best part of the story is that the pros are complaining about the rules at an event that has no rules. It must be so satisfying to be a pro and go out an crush the citizen riders who keep the event alive with their entrance fees. Pro at a fun ride equals one thing….Morons!!!!!

  26. I think the Giro organizers have shot themselves in the foot by trying to outdo the other two Grand Tours for degree of difficulty. It's become so difficult that the big names don't want to race it and then spend the rest of the summer trying to get their form back. Surely the way forward for the Giro should be the opposite of what they're doing, short punchy stages that will put the emphasis back on individual riders rather than the team parades that we see in the Tour.

  27. The same goes for football….sometimes the referee gives the penalty because a player did actually and intentionally put his arm/hand in the way and sometimes a player intentionally kicked the ball straight to the opponent player's arm/hand.

    So, how the UCI "consistently" apply the rules? Don't be a moron.

  28. That spectator deserved a far more a thorough beating then arrested & charged with assault. In certain situations violence is an option.

  29. We hear all the time about fans harassing and injuring riders at races…What happened to López could have easily been what happened to Nibali at the tour where he was knocked off and broke his back. It's incredibly stupid and selfish to put riders in that position. Should López have struck the guy? Maybe, maybe not, but somebody has to step up and establish some security. If the race organizers won't do it, then the riders might feel they have to take it into their own hands and that's completely understandable to me. Roglič probably wouldn't have been punished if he had tried to wave off the push, but again the issue is the fans. Riders should just have to worry about riding their bikes, not trying to respond to everything spectators do and anticipate how it would look to the race jury.

  30. ackermann (two stage wins, violet jersey) and ciccone (one stage win, blue jersey) would have been worth mentioning imo.
    that said, i too think roglic should at least have told them to stop pushing or waved them off, that was too blatant and deserves punishment. same about lopez, i completely get his frustration, but part of being a well paid professional athlete is to keep your emotions in check and be a role model – even when you're involved in such an incident through no fault of your own.
    it generally sends a bad signal that rules are merely regarded as 'guidelines'. it opens the door to favouritism and corruption.

  31. No word on Ciccone dominating the Maglia Azurra with a massive lead?
    Or Ackermann getting the points classification, making a great recovery after his crash ..

  32. Spectators who affect the outcome of races are morons and should be arrested. That would happen in other sports.

  33. "with an average speed of 20mph…"
    Eugh, no. Average speeds in kph please – we're Europeans here. (yeah I know most British clubs still do mph too, but it just feels wrong now we get so much continental coverage).

  34. Are you ever going to even mention the Hammer Series? World tour riders are involved, and frankly it's more fun to watch than long stage races.

  35. Pros complaining about pros in unsanctioned events is such a turn off. How many paid professionals took the limited spaces from people who wanted to pay to ride? People who need the voice are those who wanted, but could not register because the field was capped. As for Lopez, those were some of the best cyclist throws I have seen! Well done, and I think we are in need of a GCN top five 🙂

  36. GCN as Eurosport always slightly against "other" riders… I wander If someone from Ineos or Michelton would be pushed were your comments the same. Do you really think that when somebody goes full gas he thinks of shoving people of? Maybe if they are in danger? And the organiizers should be punished not the other way around. Nonetheless I think that Roglic deserved the podium, one of the strongest guys of the Giro. If cycling wasnt a team sport he would probably have won it.

  37. I sincerely like very little what happened with Lopez and the viewer. The uci must take strong measures so that it does not happen again. From my personal point of view it would be good to deploy security in the climbs. I understand that the viewer is an important part of all sporting events. but in cyclism, the interaction between participant and spectator has no barriers, mainly in the climbs.

  38. If UCI wants to strictly enforce all rules then they first need to ensure the safety of the riders. There has to be more barriers, basically every climb from start to finish. Or at least police forces informing the crowds or controlling them when need be. Maybe they could start fining people for disrupting the race. They aren't paying customers so I guess it's hard to fine them.

  39. I think (shock) the UCI got it right this time. Lopez would have been physiologically in a similar state to fight or flight. His ‘flight’ was stopped leaving him no option but to fight. I doubt any rider in the same situation would do anything different.
    Roglic made zero attempt to dissuade his pushers, and when a 2nd one joined in you had to wonder how many more he’d tolerate before making any effort to stop them.

  40. WTF with this new comentator???? how can he dare to compare Lopez and Roglic incidents???? The one is a lack of responsibility from the organisation and the other is the lack of interest to do an effort while riding!

  41. Lopez should be penalised, but not DSQ, just a fine to say that is not OK (which team would pay) Roglic – well he is not an Italian – that would have been OK…

  42. Does any know if the guy that Lopez hit was he running along side or was he stationery on the side of the road

  43. Do you think that the UCI rules were fairly enforced? Should Lopez have been punished for his behaviour?

  44. It's not like Froome and the likes haven't just punched spectators, without them being bring down to fall….and they weren't punished as well. So, it's only consistent.

  45. Billy clubs. 25% of the riders will be outfitted with billy clubs. Fans don’t know what riders will have them and risk getting beaten mercilessly at the side of the road by irate cyclists. A few bloodied skulls will deter anyone from running alongside for all time. Of course these billy club laden riders will be given a weight exception on their bikes to offset the leaden bludgeons they are carrying. 😉

  46. The fans need to know there are consequences for their antics. You would think that Vincenzo Nibali being taken down and out of the TDF last year would’ve been a wake up call, but apparently not.

  47. I just think it's stupid that punching a spectator gives you – at least on paper – a harsher punishment than punching a fellow rider.
    Fellow riders have to be there, that's… kinda part of the sport. Spectators just need to get the fuck out of the way.

  48. What if Roglic asked to be pushed but pretends to make a kind of gesture suggesting he does not want to be pushed?

  49. You can talk Chad Haga, but the real comeback story was Chavito coming back from a career threatening illness to take a stage.

  50. Where's the love for Rund um Koln? 2nd oldest race in Germany and some big names have won it in the last few years. Baptiste Planckaert finally got a big win. Wallonie Brussels is a sleeper team who have been getting results this year. PCS ranked 26 just behind Wanty who are going to the TDF. Give some love GCN

  51. I really don't think Roglic should have been punished. I mean, it's out of his control and people should not say "he should have done something to stop them" because nobody would do that!

  52. Cycling needs to take a page from Quidditch and allow each team to have an a Bludger, perhaps with nightsticks to act as enforcers.

  53. WTF!!!! GCN presenter in shock correct pronunciation of Nibali? Maybe you can tutor the other retards?

  54. The spectator had it coming. Stay the hell out of the way, or watch on TV if that's too much effort for your tiny brain

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