Ivan Rovny and Gianluca Brambilla may not be household names at the moment but they’ve done their chances no harm by turning one of cycling’s most prestigious races into something much more spectator friendly.

The Vuelta a Espana has been taking place over the past couple of weeks with Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Chris Froome all in contention. But the real action on Monday took place further back in the peleton with Rovny of Team Tinkoff-Saxo and Brambilla from Omega Pharma-Quick Step going peddle to peddle in a scene that you don’t see too often in the middle of race.

As far as we can tell, Brambilla (in black) took hold of Rovny’s saddle as they turned the corner. The Russian was none too pleased with that so he had quick dig at Brambilla who, in turn, went straight for a side-swipe to the face and it all kicked off from there.

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