Fan films himself laughing at rider injured in crash at Volta a Catalyuna 2019

The spectator ran over to the fallen rider laughing and saying ‘I’m going to steal his bike’

Footage has emerged of a spectator filming himself laughing at an injured rider who crashed during the Volta a Catalunya.

The video from stage one of the race emerged online in recent days, showing a Caja Rural-Seguros RGA rider crashing on a descent.

A fan laughing at the side of the road filmed Domingos Gonçalves falling hard on a bend.

The 30-year-old rider suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder blade in the crash, and is expected to be out of action for two months.

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Gonçalves crashed on the descent of the Port de Collsaceu, 15km from the finish of stage one.

The Portugeuse rider was taken to hospital, where doctors confirmed he had suffered fractures to his clavicle and scapula.

Footage shows the peloton safely passing the fan at the side of the road, when Gonçalves passes while riding amongst the race cars.

He appears to approach the left-hand turn too tight and travelling too fast, and goes straight past the corner.

To avoid hitting a barrier or riding off a verge, he ditches the bike and falls hard on his right side.

The fan laughs and can be heard saying “now I’m going to steal his bike.”

At the end of the video, the spectator asks Gonçalves how he is.

The video is a sharp contrast to footage of great sportsmanship that emerged from the Three Days of De Panne on Wednesday (March 27).

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Mitchelton-Scott’s Michael Hepburn was filmed getting off his bike mid-race to help a rider from another team who was involved in a crash.

A number of riders went down in the collision as the course narrowed, including Israel Cycling Academy’s Zak Dempster.

Australian Hepburn got off his bike mid-race, lifting a bike that had landed on top of his countryman and moving it to the side of the road.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.