Munsterland Giro: Belgian cyclist Florian Senechal sorry for punching rival Max Walscheid after crash

Lawrence Ostlere

A rider for the Belgian team Deceuninck-QuickStep punched a rival from Team Sunweb following a major crash at the Munsterland Giro in Germany.

Belgian Florian Senechal was one of those caught in the high-speed incident on a soaking wet finishing straight, and afterwards blamed the German rider Max Walscheid.

As Walscheid was carrying out a post-race interview, surrounded by journalists and spectators, Senechal threw a punch from the side. Walscheid appeared to retaliate before Senechal was dragged away by his teammates.

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Replays seemed to suggest Walscheid did little wrong, holding his line as the crash unfolded behind him. He finished fifth in the race in Munster, which was won by Quick-Step rider Alvaro Hodeg.

Later Senechal apologised for his reaction. “Sorry for my brutal reaction after the finish,” he tweeted. “But I was scared, I am cured of a broken shoulder since June. I was lucky not to go back to the hospital today and still live this [sufferance] on a bike.”

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