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Carlos Barredo, Rui Costa trade punches on an earlier stage TDF 2010

http://velonews.competitor.com/2010...rui-costa-trade-punches-at-finish-line_127610

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) and Rui Costa (Caisse d’Epargne) exchanged blows at the finish line Friday as tempers rose along with the temperatures at the Tour de France.

The pair threw punches at each other in a wild row after crossing the line. Journalists and team officials scrambled to pull the pair apart. A video showed that Barredo released his front wheel from his bike and charged Costa after he crossed the line.

Costa tried to shield himself from the enraged Barredo, pulling the wheel away only then to receive blows from Barredo. Costa also threw punches at Barredo.

Barredo told Spanish journalists that tempers flared with about 20km to go in the stage. According to Barredo, Costa elbowed him in the gut as he passed, nearly throwing him off the bike and knocking the breath out of him.

According to Spanish journalists, Barredo later called Costa to apologize.

Neither rider was expelled from the race. They might have been kicked out had the punches came during the race.

Each were fined 400 swiss francs; 200 Swiss francs for incorrect comportment and 200 Swiss francs for “injuries and menace” at the end of the stage.

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yeah. everyone saw that
 

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step 1: remove cycling shoes, not front tire.

step 1: remove cycling shoes, not front tire.
 

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Phil was talking about Barredo today when he went out from the break. Phil really thought he should have been thrown of the tour for that fight.
 

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Lol stick men trying to fight. The pair of them couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag. Both powder puff punches landed on the rim of the helmet.
 

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for what it's worth, Barredo was very apologetic after the fight and even after stage 16.



but it was sweet watching Moreau close that gap over the last 3kms!
 
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