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Marczynski, Van Vleuten win, Froome crashes, bus destroyed: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 1, 2017

Marczynski wins stage 12 of the Vuelta a España, Froome crashes; Van Vleuten extends Boels Ladies Tour lead with ITT win; Katusha rider Maxim Belkov attacked by fan at Vuelta; Aqua Blue Sport team bus destroyed at Vuelta a España; Froome crashes twice on stage 12, loses time; Deignan sidelined following appendix removal; Gaviria and Martin headline QuickStep Floors squad for Tour of Britain; Nibali confirms for Taiwan KOM Challenge; Medical study shows that anti-inflammatories can inhibit muscle growth; Video: Spectator close to disaster at Vuelta a España; Video: No rest for the wicked – behind the scenes at La Vuelta rest day; Video: Bike Racing in Iceland

Katusha rider Maxim Belkov attacked by fan at Vuelta

by Shane Stokes

Katusha rider Maxim Belkov was shoved from his bike by a spectator at the Vuelta a España on Thursday, with the Russian pushed over a barrier on the day’s final climb.

“At one kilometre from the KOM I was alone, just dropped,” he said. “Then from the side of the road a guy in a red t-shirt showed up and threw me, like in rugby, from my bike, over the fence with my face right into the ditch. He came full gas [at me], we cannot let this go like this.”

The incident was captured on two fan videos and showed the assailant running from the right-hand side of the road and assaulting Belkov. The spectator was quickly apprehended by Spanish police.

Belkov finished 94th on the stage, over 15 minutes back.

Unconfirmed reports later gave a different context to what happened.

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