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Cyclist causes crash after headbutting competitor in race to finish

Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by splat, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Sounds weird , I'd like to see the video of , Interesting making it to ESPN


    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/cycling/news/story?id=3213900

    DELAIDE, Australia -- Italian cyclist Elia Rigotto was disqualified from the Tour Down Under on Friday for causing an accident that left Australia's Mathew Hayman with a broken collarbone.

    Race officials accused Rigotto of "headbutting" Hayman in a frantic sprint less than 1,000 yards from the finish line. He was disqualified from the race and fined 200 Swiss francs (about $180), although he insisted it was an accident and Hayman accepted his apology.

    "It was a severe headbutt, a very serious incident," Tour Down Under chief commissioner Michael Robb told Australian media. "It was one of the worst headbutts I've seen in a very long time."

    Race physician Peter Barnes later announced that Hayman had undergone surgery to repair his fractured left collarbone. Surgeons inserted a plate and screws for stabilization, which would help speed his return to racing. Hayman is expected to be back on his bike within a week.

    Erik Dekker, manager of Hayman's team, said Hayman also thought the crash was an accident and held no grudges against Rigotto.

    "He [Rigotto] said he had his head down and looked up and his head went into Mat's elbow, he didn't mean it," Dekker said. "He asked, 'Please let him know, I didn't mean to do it.' "

    The crash was just one of several accidents on Friday's fourth stage of the tour. The stage was won by Germany's Andre Greipel; Australia's Mark Renshaw retained the overall lead.
     

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  2. mogulskr

    mogulskr Monkey

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    Bam!!



    3:05 into it.
     
  3. CrabJoe StretchPants

    CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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    what a d-bag move....
     
  4. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I'll have to wait to get home to see it , youtube blocked here at work
     
  5. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    It looks intentional on first glance but he is looking down and does look back afterwards and why would Hayman accept an apology and his manager call it an accident?
     
  6. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    No way that was unintentional.

    On a side note you know the state of Road Racing isn't good when the stage winner gets a cow.
     
  7. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    He's looking down with his head 2ft to his right?
     
  8. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    No he was looking down during the headbutt and then looks back afterwards like the article says.
     
  9. dhmike

    dhmike Turbo Monkey

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    that is b.s. !
     
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    MtnbikeMike Turbo Monkey

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    Awesome. Freaking roadies :disgust:

    Anyone remember when McEwen did it a few years ago in the Tour? Not a head butt per se, but he was frustrated someone was beating him in the sprint and tried to slow the other guy down with his head. :thumb:
     
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    Headbutting is barely newsworthy in the cycling press. People do it all the time. Giving and taking headbutts is one of the first things we teach riders in our "pack riding skills" clinic at our club.

    What's newsworthy is getting Gaggioli'd or Mercer'd.

    Sure, sometimes headbutts get a little malicous, but you need to make room somehow.
     
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    i think hes related to zinadine zidane...
     
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    loco-gringo Crusading Clamp Monkey

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    I don't see the problem. :D
     
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    Wow, thanks for the link. I was wondering if he deserved the punishment given, but I think he earned it after seeing that vid
     
  15. JRogers

    JRogers talks too much

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    Word. After reading the recap articles when it happened, hearing about how distraught Rigotto seemed to be and how Hayman accepted the apology, I kind of assumed it was just unfortunate.

    After seeing the video, though...well, I'm not sure how you can explain that...
     
  16. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    After watching the video , I don't know how you can say that was inadvertent !