Watch: Peter Sagan nearly taken out by dog walker strolling across Tirreno time trial course

Slovak managed to take evasive action to avoid hapless spectator.

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If anyone had money on Peter Sagan winning the final time trial stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, then we're sorry but your bet has just been ruined by an Italian dog walker.

Sagan was a third of the way into his time trial when a woman and her dog casually strolled out onto the course across a zebra crossing, straight into the course of the road race world champion.

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Thankfully for the dog walker, Sagan was able to take evasive action, nipping through a gap in the raised kerb separating the road from an adjoining bike bath, with other spectators out of the way.

His time trial ruined, an exasperated Sagan turned to shake his head at the woman before continuing with his ride.

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After the stage, Sagan took to Twitter to say that while he's still a canine fan, dogs and bike riders don't combine well

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This is far from the first time that a dog has got involved in a bike race, with Marcus Burghardt, Philippe Gilbert and Sandy Casar all having been brought down by dogs at the Tour de France in the past.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.