Chinese Cycling Association to investigate Wang Xin violence at Tour of Hainan
Nov 07 2017 12:42 pm CET

Chinese Cycling Association to investigate Wang Xin violence at Tour of Hainan
Chinese Cycling Association to investigate Wang Xin violence at Tour of Hainan
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TOUR OF HAINAN

Rider Wang Xin of the Keyi Look team could face stronger sanctions from the Chinese Cycling Federation after his violent attack on the Swiss team during the Tour of Hainan.

The Chinese rider crashed at the fourth stage of the race and he blamed a Swiss team car for the incident. During the stage, he threw water bottles at the car and at the end of the day, went on to punch and kick the team members.

The Tour of Hainan expelled him and his team immediately and later stated that they are not welcome ever again in the race. "Wang's behaviour is not acceptable and doesn't reflect Chinese cycling. Hainan people are known for being very friendly," said the race organisation through a statement.

"The team was instructed to leave the island of Hainan on the spot and will not be welcomed back. The image and the reputation of the Tour of Hainan cannot be tarnished by such improper behaviour. Fighting will never be permitted in this event."

The Chinese Cycling Association backs the decision of the race and is looking to take further measures. "We are collecting evidence and will investigate further."

Team manager of Swiss Cycling team Danilo Hondo denies that they caused any crashes during the race. "We never bumped into him, you can see that from the race video," he commented to Eurosport. "He simply hit the back wheel of another rider and went down. He was obviously embarrassed and took out his frustration on us.

"We tried to approach him after the race, in fact, we waited 45 minutes after the finish to apologise for any misunderstandings and to show him and his team that we respect them and meant no harm. But both he and his team approached us with anger and everything escalated from there."

The rider and his team have presented apologies using Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, but keep claiming that the Swiss car caused the accident.


Image: Tour of Hainan logo





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