Two riders had a digging match during today's stage of the Vuelta

Russian Ivan Rovni and Italian Gianluca Brambilla exchanged a couple of punches and elbows this afternoon.

ITALIAN GIANLUCA BRAMBILLA and Russia’s Ivan Rovni came to blows whilst riding at the front of the 16th stage at the Vuelta a Espana today.

In bizarre circumstances both men landed punches and elbowed each other whilst continuing to cycle as they made up a breakaway group of 13 riders on the 160.5km landmark stage of the race from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona.

Rovny even had to ask for a new pair of sunglasses from his Tinkoff-Saxo team car as they were broken in the bust up.

Both men are likely to face sanctions and could even be thrown out of the race completely with a decision to be taken by tour officials at the end of the stage.

The heated exchange reminded us of our childhood days playing classic video game Road Rash.

Road Rash

-© AFP, 2014

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