Nacer Bouhanni apologises for 'unintentional' collision with Stewart

SAINTESMARIESDELAMER FRANCE FEBRUARY 13 Arrival Nacer Bouhanni of France and Team Arka Samsic Celebration Jakub Mareczko of Italy and CCC Team Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team NTT Pro Cycling during the 5th Tour de La Provence 2020 Stage 1 a 1495km stage from Chteaurenard to SaintesMariesDeLaMer TDLP letourdelaprovence TDLP2020 on February 13 2020 in SaintesMariesDeLaMer France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Nacer Bouhanni of Arkéa-Samsic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic) has issued a public apology to Jake Stewart of Groupama-FDJ after riding him into the barriers at the Cholet-Pays de la Loire race, insisting the collision was "unintentional".

Bouhanni deviated from his line in Sunday’s sprint finish, moving left and making contact with Stewart, who touched the barriers with his shoulder but avoided crashing but had to stop pedalling.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.