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Nibali kicked off Tour of Spain for hitching a lift

The cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has been disqualified from the Tour of Spain after he was filmed hitching a high-speed lift by holding onto his team support car.

Nibali kicked off Tour of Spain for hitching a lift
Cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has been disqualified from the Tour of Spain after cheating. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Television footage clearly shows the Italian cyclist – who won the tournament in 2010 – holding onto his team’s car and being towed back into the peloton.

The images, broadcast by sports channel Eurosport, show Nibali's team car pull up alongside him before both the car and the rider accelerate quickly.  

Nibali, who won the Tour de France in 2014, was towed by his Astana team’s car after crashing on stage two of the race with around 30km of the stage remaining before reaching Malaga’s Caminito del Rey.

The crash gave the Italian rider a delay of one minute and 30 seconds.

“The commissaires met after the stage after learning of the existence of images broadcast by Eurosport in which Nibali is helped by one of his team’s vehicles,” La Vuelta said in a statement released via the competition’s website.

“They have decided to disqualify the Italian and the director (of Astana) Alexander Sheffer, who was driving the Astana car,” the statement said.

“The film shows clearly that Nibali was clinging to the car for 200 metres,” added Bruno Valcic, the president of the race commissaires. 

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Suspect in Spain police slaying agrees to be extradited to Italy

A Serbian-born man arrested in Spain over the killing of three men agreed on Sunday to be extradited to Italy where he is wanted for robbery and murder, a Spanish court said.

Suspect in Spain police slaying agrees to be extradited to Italy
Officers at the scene in the aftermath of the shooting. Photo: Guardia Civil/Twitter

Police arrested Norbert Feher on Friday in a rural area of Teruel province in the northeastern region of Aragon, where the slaying of two police officers and a rancher happened a day earlier.

During questioning by a judge, the 36-year-old said he had been in Spain since September and agreed to be sent back to Italy, the Superior Court of Justice of Aragon said in a statement.

The court said Italy could ask for him to be temporarily returned so he could stand trial for homicide and robberies before serving a possible prison sentence in Spain for the triple murder.

The Spanish judge took the testimony of Feher, who Italian media said was nicknamed “Igor the Russian”, to comply with a European arrest warrant Italy had issued for him.

Spanish police said he was in possession of three firearms at the time of his arrest, two belonging to the slain officers.