The team drama for Jumbo-Visma ended on stage 18 with Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard guiding Sepp Kuss to the line instead of attacking the race leader, but the craziness of the Vuelta a España continued as a Jumbo staff member had an altercation with Spanish police past the finish line.
Video footage published on social media shows the Jumbo-Visma helper being tackled to the ground by three police officers just as Roglič passes by. The staffer flails to get off the ground. However, the footage does not show what happened in the moments leading up to the altercation.
Television images from a different angle show the staffer with Sepp Kuss just as police arrive and shout at the people in the road to move out of the way of the race organisation and team cars that are trying to get through.
Cyclingnews reached out to Jumbo-Visma for comment; however, they have not replied before the publishing of this story.
Situación en el final de etapa. La policía intentando poner orden, empujó a un auxiliar del Jumbo mientras asistía a los corredores. La situación se puso tensa y terminaron en el suelo. El asistente no fue detenido, pero se vivió un momento desagradable. #LaVuelta23 pic.twitter.com/WRKvhsKRcXSeptember 14, 2023
Video footage of the altercation also shows the team’s communications manager, Ard Bierens, attempting to calm the situation down. The staff member in question, who had the correct accreditation visible in the video, was then grabbed by the back of his shirt and guided away by police.
Roglič avoided the drama and removed himself from the situation after another tough day of climbing.
According to the eyewitness, Marcelo La Gattina, who published the video footage to social media, the man was not arrested, but the moment was tense and unpleasant.
A similar incident occurred on stage 11 when a Cofidis soigneur was taken down by police past the finish line as he tried to encourage breakaway winner Jesús Herrada to the finish line, eventually letting the man go to celebrate and look after his rider.
Remco Evenepoel collided with a member of the Andorra police who was standing in a crowded chute after the finish line following his victory on stage 3.
Spanish Police have been on high alert at this year’s Vuelta, including when they prevented a plotted oil attack ahead of stage 3 and arrested a man for trying to cause an accident in the final stretch of stage 7.
This incident adds to the multitude of others that have taken away from the…