Legal action to be taken against 'violent' spectators, warns riders' union

Proceedings already filed against people alleged to have thrown beer at Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel
(Image credit: Getty Images)

A leading riders' union has said it is prepared to "go all the way with civil action" against roadside spectators who assault riders. 

The Belgian branch of the Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA) has already filed proceedings against people who allegedly threw beer at Mathieu van der Poel during the Tour of Flanders last weekend. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.