With three laps remaining in the Dana Point Grand Prix last week, chaos erupted in the field as a crash took out several dozen riders coming around the final turn, and now the blame is being passed around the peloton, with some calling for fines and suspensions for some of the riders involved.
Defending champion Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation) says United Health Care rider Jake Keough intentionally veered to the right, running into Bahati and bringing him down in the final few laps, derailing his chances for back to back victories at Dana Point.
Bahati is also being criticized for his reaction after he threw his sunglasses at Keough, who stayed up during the incident, as Keough passed a visibly angry Bahati near the start/finish line on the next lap.
Video of the incident is after the break. Ill intentions or just aggressive bike racing? You be the judge.
You can see the crash in this video. The incident is slowed down at 1:20.
This video captures Bahati’s controversial reaction. You can see him step out onto the course at 0:36, as riders come around the very next lap after the crash.
What do you think? Who is at fault, and who needs to be fined or punished, if anyone?