Fans with selfie sticks creating 'dangerous' and 'crazy' start to Giro d'Italia, say riders

Riders appeal to fans to stay out of the road

Crowds at the side of the road at the 2017 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The roads, fans and swinging selfie sticks are causing crashes and making for a "crazy" and "dangerous" start to the 100th Giro d'Italia according to riders.

"There are many fans on the road," said Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team-mate Franco Pellizotti. "It's not the first time we've seen fans with selfie sticks with their backs to the group. That's dangerous.

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