Brutto sprint in Frosinone

Maglia Rosa Bettini DQ'ed from stage, Cooke hits the deck

To Italians, the desire to put on a good image, a "bella figura", is fundamental, as is the desire to avoid a "brutto figura" (bad image) at all costs. Today, despite the bella figura of his pink tunic of Giro race leadership today, Paolo Bettini made a "brutto figura". As Bettini was sprinting for the stage win in Frosinone on Stage 4, with 100m to go, a fast closing Baden Cooke (Francaise des Jeux) tried to pass Bettini on the left into a small gap, but the Quick.Step rider closed the door on Cooke and the Australian appeared to touch Bettini's wheel, lose his balance and then crashed spectacularly into the barriers.

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