Etixx boss expects no punishment for spectator who caused Giro d'Italia crash

Patrick Lefevere says that because of the size of the Giro now, he does not expect its organisers to take action against the spectator who rode into the peloton

Peter Serry after a crash on stage two of the 2015 Tour of Italy
(Image credit: Watson)

Etixx-Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere says he expects the Giro d'Italia organisers to take no action against the spectator who caused a crash on stage two by cycling into the peloton.

The crash, which was filmed by someone standing on the other side of the road, forced Etixx rider Pieter Serry to quit the race, although x-rays showed no broken bones for the Belgian.

But Lefevere tweeted (opens in new tab) "Outrageous, but who pays for the damage?" before telling Sporza (opens in new tab) that because no-one knows who the perpetrator is he is likely to never be reprimanded.

"It is very difficult to do anything [about it]," he said. "If Serry wanted to do something, then he had to submit a complaint against the unknown person on Sunday evening. But no-one has been able to identify or stop the perpetrator.

"But if you are in pain and if your shoulder is almost hanging out, then that's the last thing on your mind. I doubt there is anyone on the team knows what the true cause was."

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He added: "The Giro in recent years has proven that its umbrella is so great from here to Tokyo. They never take decisions. I expect nothing of it."

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.