Cycling has a long history of spats between riders, fans, and the press, and now we have a new bust up to add to the collection.
The incident took place in the third round of the DVV Trophy in Belgium when Vincent Baestaens clashed with Jens Adams as they battled to secure a top ten placing.
Adams, in the green of Crelan-Vastgoedservice, falls as Baestaens, in the white of Beobank-Corendon, tries to overtake up the inside.
The pair then come together again on the following corner, with both riders hitting the deck, before exchanging in a bit of pushing and shoving.
Baestaens seems to be the least happy of the two, getting a first shove in while Adams was still on the ground, before letting Crelan rider get to his feet, and promptly giving him another shove to send him stumbling back into the barriers.
Both riders were disqualified from the race, with Baestaens later offering an apology on Facebook.
“I would like to apologize to everyone in me for my behaviour today. In the heat of the battle I let myself be carried away. I will accept any punishment imposed on me.”
Watch: highlights of Mathieu Van der Poel’s World Cup win in Zeven
As for the race itself, Baestens’s teammate Mathieu Van der Poel notched up his second victory of the weekend with a dominant heavyweight performance 24 hours after winning the World Cup race in Zeven, Germany
The Belgian former world champion was on the ropes in the first lap as Laurens Sweeck (ERA Real Estate – Circus) took off from the gun to open up an early advantage.
However Van der Poel never threw in the towel, combining with Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) to reel in Sweeck.
Van der Poel then attacked at the end of the second lap, a move that turned out to be the knockout blow, maintaining a 10-15 second gap over the chasers all the way to the line.