Tour de Hainan Chaos | The Moment a Pro Road Cyclist Lost the Plot and Lashed Out at a Rival
Rider Wang Xin got a bit flustered and attacked, of all people, the Swiss Team...
Bizarre footage has emerged of a professional road cyclist attacking pretty much everyone in arm’s length after a stage of the UCI Tour of Hainan, because, well, this is a thing that seems to happen from time to time at the top level of road cycling.
Wang Xin, who rides for UCI Continental Team Keyi Look, decided to take on members of the Swiss National Team after stage seven of the tour in China after accusing their team car of causing him to crash.
Having already thrown a water bottle at the Swiss team car after the incident on-course, Wang then seized the chance to complete his sweet vengeance post-race, battering down one Swiss dude and kicking him on the ground, launching a water bottle at another and then grabbing a track pump from the boot of his car, presumably to use as a weapon.
While we do not know Wang personally, we do not imagine he is a cyclist known for his anger management skills. There's something especially WWE about the choice to grab the track pump from the boot in particular.
Both Wang Xin and Team Keyi Look were ejected from the race on Monday after the shocking footage below emerged, and the Chinese Cycling Association (CCA) has also issued bans for Wang, several members of the Keyi Look team, and the team as a whole for "irrational violence."
Wang has been banned from all cycling for six months, cannot ride for a professional team for two years, and his team doctor Zhang Ya and masseuse Fan Yunlong have also received bans for their involvement. To be honest, a masseuse who can be moved to violence that easily probably isn’t in the right career path anyway. No chill.
On top of all this, the Team Keyi Look have been banned from entering any races whatsoever for the entirety of 2018, so all in all, it’s been an absolute disaster for them.
They probably set out on the Tour of Hainan hoping to make an impact, maybe impress a few sponsors and grab a podium or two. They finished with one banned rider, one banned doctor, one banned masseuse and their entire existence in complete and utter ruin.
Apparently Wang was angry not just because he claimed to have been knocked off his bike by the Swiss Team Car, but because he didn’t receive an apology afterwards. You see, Wang is all about good manners.
The Swiss manager Danilo Hondo meanwhile denied any wrongdoing, denied that there was any contact between the car and Wang, and said that his team did indeed try to apologise before Wang put on a black cape, bat-hat and turned into the vigilante warrior we all deserve right now, but not the one we need.
Wang and Team Keyi Look have apologised for the incident now, but at this point that’s kind of like batting your mate’s ice cream onto the ground, licking up the remains and then standing back to slap them in the face for good measure. We’re sure you probably would regret doing that in hindsight, but if there’s video footage, a) people are going to think you’ve lost the plot, and b) rightfully doubt the conviction of your repentance.
Thankfully the authorities were able to ‘deflate’ the situation before the track pump was put to use as a lethal weapon at least, and so all that was thrown in anger in the incident were Wang’s toys, far out of the pram.
Anyway, if you're a bit of a sociopath and would like to see further examples of road cyclists fighting, then we would a) suggest getting help, and/or b) watching the videos below.
1995: Dehaes vs Pérez
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