Twitter reacts to Vincenzo Nibali's Vuelta a España disqualification

Vincenzo Nibali got chucked off the Vuelta a España for clinging on to his team car on stage two, and Twitter was its usual unforgiving self

Vincenzo Nibali on stage two of the 2015 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Vuelta a España jury took a dim view of Vincenzo Nibali's use of his team car to help him back to the main bunch after a crash - ejecting the Italian from the race for taking a tow.

While Nibali and Astana protested that this kind of thing happens all the time - which it almost certainly does - rules are rules and the 2014 Tour de France winner had to pack his bags.

If he wanted to find a little compassion for his plight, it's probably best that he stayed away from Twitter, where the initial shock was followed by some not-so subtle mocking. Here are some of the best tweets.

1. The Bristol Bike Centre start things off with this cracking meme.

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2. Richard Moore's reaction was shared by everyone who heard about the DQ before they saw it. You can watch the video here.

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3. Eurosport's Carlton Kirby, who was commentating on the race, joked that Nibali ought to be commended for holding on to the car in tricky circumstances.

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4. Kirby's co-commentator Dan Lloyd made this excellent gag...

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5. While Daniel Friebe recalled this incident from the Tour de France.

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6. The Race Radio trawled the photo archives for this cracking picture. The jury must have been busy after this one.

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7. Nibali will undoubtedly be cursing the use of helicopters to record footage of the race.

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8. While John Scripps makes this very valid point.

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