Two riders have been excluded from the Vuelta after coming to blows

Ivan Rovny (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) were both excluded mid-race during stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana after coming to blows on a climb, having both been in the day’s breakaway.

  • nanc

    That is why I said the responsibility is down to the team to pull their riders out. These Div 1 events have race-radio
    referees tell team – the team control their riders, or get penalised

  • Josh Tambini

    Yes, excellent tactics by Contador. He consolidated his lead and won the stage!

  • dourscot

    Bang to rights – if one of them had fallen he could have caused an accident.

  • dourscot

    I disagree – the referees wouldn’t have seen the incident when it happened and took time to find them in a chaotic procession of cars behind them. What you’re suggesting was never practical.

  • Geoff Waters

    Contador sat wheelsucking on Froome’s wheel on the final climb and then attacked to win the stage … ie. he rode exactly like his teammate Rovny had in the break and to which Brambilla took exception. Rovny had paced Contador when he (Rovny) dropped back to the bunch after the handbagging incident. But, of course Contador is a Spaniard leading in his home tour and his team are sponsored by one of pro cycling’s ‘Sopranos’ …

  • nanc

    Both should have stopped riding at the same time – that should be the responsibility of the team once instructed – or suffer sanctions (say their top rider to lose 5 seconds for every minute the disqualified rider keeps riding. )
    Today Rovny contirbuted positively; pacing Contador back to the front of the peleton before dropping out
    Once again cycling administrators show no spine – or the right rules
    Ok may intorduce the professional foul were a rider could engineer disqualification for themsilves and an opposing team member to penailse a leading GC rider … but what happened today was wrong