Lotto-Dstny and Maxim Van Gils apologize for punch-throwing incident in Japan Cup Criterium

Maxim Van Gils (Lotto-Dstny)
Maxim Van Gils (Lotto-Dstny) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lotto-Dstny and Maxim Van Gils have issued a full apology after the Belgian lashed out at another rider in the finish of the Japan Cup criterium on Saturday.

Van Gils, 23, was caught on camera delivering a headslap to a rider widely identified as Greek racer Giorgios Bouglas just as the two, part of the main peloton, were crossing the line. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.