Michael Albasini and Kevin Reza racism dispute a 'misunderstanding'

Michael Albasini says that he did not make a racist remark to Kevin Reza during stage 16 of the Tour de France

Michael Albasini wins stage one of the 2014 Tour de Romandie

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A "misunderstanding" in the heat of Tuesday's Tour de France stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon led to a racist row, says Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge). The Swiss rider reportedly called Frenchman Kévin Reza (Europcar) a "dirty negro" as they fought to establish an escape.

"It was frustrating going full gas with one guy sitting on behind," Albasini said. "I wasn't happy and I was angry. I said to him some words that maybe I shouldn't have, but none of them were racist."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.