Tour de France - Duo fined for fist-fight

Reuters - Fri, 09 Jul 19:01:00 2010

Spain's Carlos Barredo and Portugal's Rui Alberto Costa were fined for a punch-up at the end of stage six at the Tour de France.

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Barredo, who races for Quick Step, and Caisse d'Epargne rider Costa came to blows after the finish line over a race incident.

Barredo ran towards Costa brandishing his front wheel and attacked him. After a flurry of punches were exchanged the two were separated by officials.

They were both handed fines of 400 Swiss Francs (250) for 'insults, threats and incorrect behaviour'.

"I was told by a race steward that one of my riders had been involved in a fight but I don't know the circumstances," Caisse d'Epargne team director Yvon Ledanois told Reuters.

"I suppose they were involved in a race incident and that with the sun, spirits heated up. I want to talk it over calmly with Rui in the hotel," he added.

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