Third and second placed riders Bauke Mollema and Zdenek Stybar forced to swerve to avoid parked car on finish line of Spanish race

Racing up a climb to the finish, battling it out with another rider for a podium place, the last thing you probably want to see is a parked car sitting in your way just ahead of the line.

But that’s what Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) and Zdenek Stybar (Etixx – Quick-Step) had to deal with as they raced for second and third at the Vuelta a Murcia on Saturday, flying round the finishing bend to be confronted with what looks like a neutral service car.

Riders behind them also had to take evasive action to avoid the vehicle, as it remains unclear not only why it stopped there, but why cars and motorbikes weren’t pulled out from behind winner Rein Taaramäe (Astana), who had only a 10 second gap between him and the two chasers.

The UCI have yet to comment on the incident but both Mollema and Stybar took to Twitter to complain about the incident.