Australia’s Staff BikeExchange athletics director Gene Bates has been expelled from the Giro d’Italia right after knocking Belgian rider Pieter Serry off his bicycle on the remaining climb of the brutal, 162km phase 6.

The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider was 3 kilometres into the closing climb of the day when the BikeExchange motor vehicle inexplicably ran into the again of him with 12km to go in the stage.

The BikeExchange car or truck experienced pulled alongside the race organiser’s car or truck and appeared to be passing something into that automobile when it plowed into Serry, who had dropped off the again of the peloton immediately after doing the job for teammate Remco Evenepoel.

Serry remained on the ground, stunned, as workers associates from the BikeExchange workforce right away exited the auto and went to his aid, disentangling him from his bicycle.

He at some point got again on to his bike and, following furiously remonstrating with the BikeExchange staff, continued up the 15.5km climb in direction of San Giacomo, the first mountain-major complete of this year’s race.

In a tweet, the Deceuninck-Rapid Move team described the incident as a “coronary heart in the mouth moment”, but reported just after the phase that the 32-calendar year-old was “Ok” and experienced concluded the stage.


Serry himself tweeted after the race to say that he was “emotion Okay” and had been “impressed” by the messages of aid, like from Team BikeExchange.


The incident marked the second time this year that Serry has crashed as a result of an conversation with a race automobile.

The Belgian rider was compelled to abandon the Volta a Catalunya in March following crashing with a race motorcycle.

Immediately after the race, Group BikeExchange tweeted to say that Bates had spoken immediately to Serry to apologise and that they ended up content to see him end the stage.


It is not the initially time a auto from the Australian group has designed headlines at a grand tour.

In 2013, when the staff was known as Orica-GreenEDGE, its bus bought caught underneath the complete banner on phase a person of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, resulting in the phase complete currently being moved because of to the imminent arrival of the rushing peloton.

The crew was fined 2,000 Swiss francs ($2,900) for that incident.

On this situation while, the race jury expelled Bates from the remainder of the three-week tour, fining Matt White, who was a passenger in the motor vehicle, 2,000 Swiss francs.

The expulsion is terrible news for its British chief Simon Yates, who currently sits 10th in standard classification.

The British rider is 49 seconds back soon after failing to stick to an emphatic late attack from former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal.

In immediate contrast to stage five’s working day of results for Australia’s Caleb Ewan, working day 6 turned into some thing of a nightmare for the Australians in Italy.

Australia’s pre-race basic classification hope Jai Hindley also misplaced heaps of time on the leaders after failing to match the acceleration on the final climb, ending 2 minutes, 38 seconds driving phase winner Gino Mäder.

Hindley, who completed a shock second past yr, is now 25th in the in general standings, 3 minutes, 29 seconds behind new race leader Attila Valter.

Valter potential customers 21-yr-old sensation Evenepoel, who sits 11 seconds back, with Workforce Ineos Grenadier’s Colombian rider Bernal ominously put in 3rd, 16 seconds at the rear of the leader.

Friday’s seventh phase, a 181km jaunt from Notaresco to Termoli on the Adriatic Coastline, could establish to be yet another day for the sprinters, if they are able to negotiate a couple of lumps in the closing kilometres.