Kenny Dehaes hadn't crashed during Stage three of the Tour de San Luis but finished with a black eye, so how?
Dehaes, who rides for Lotto Belisol, crossed the line at the end of stage three with a black eye and the Belgian revealed he had been punched in the face during the race.
According to Cycling News, Dehaes said: "I was with Tosh Van der Sande in the wheel of the men of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, then number 101 suddenly wanted to take my place.
“We were only half way through, so there was no reason for it. I would not budge and when the guy came and bumped into me Tosh and I almost fell. So I pushed him away. Next thing I know, he hit me full in the face.”
Number 101 turned out to be Walter Perez, who rides for the Buenos Aries Provincial team. Perez finished 11 minutes behind the winner Giacomo Nizzolo but Dehaes didn't lose any time.
Dehaes didn't retaliate even though he had just been punched, in fear he would cause a mass pile up in the middle of the race. The Belgian was conscious of how many riders were around him.
Mario Aerts, Lotto Belisol's Sporting Director doesn't want to lodge a complaint because it could damage his teams reputation.
Aerts said: "By submitting an official complaint we would not make ourselves popular. I would not want to turn half of the peloton against us."
The teams will hope the rest of the race will be without any other collisions between these two riders.
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