Stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana has exploded with drama featuring attacks on riders by fans, high-profile crashes and even a huge fire on one of the team buses.

Maxim Belkov was shoved over by a spectator as he neared the summit of the final climb into the finish at Antequera. Although the Katusha rider ended up over the barrier, he later confirmed he had not been hurt in the incident although he added: "I hope there will be less such incidents! It's immoral."


In a separate incident, another spectator cheering on Alberto Contador appeared to be pushed by a Spanish policeman into the path of one of the following motos, which then crashed. 

And to add to the drama, race leader Chris Froome crashed not once, but twice, although he was able to recover and prevent too much damage to his overall advantage.

The Tour de France champion lost 20 seconds to Vincenzo Nibali and Estaban Chaves but still retains first place by 59 seconds. Tomasz Marczynski took the day's win to add to his victory on the sixth stage.



As if all that was not enough, before the stage Aqua Blue were shocked to discover their team bus had been destroyed in an arson attack overnight.