Maxim Belkov has called for greater care to be take by spectators when road side at cycling races after the Katusha-Alpeci rider was thrown off his bike by a fan during stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana.
Belkov was pushed off his bike as he rode uphill around a bend, but the 32-year-old has announced he will take 'no further action' after discovering the spectator suffers from a learning disability.
During the prestigious race, Belkov was riding up the final climb of Puerto del Torcal when he was pushed over the barriers and into a ditch by a man standing on the opposite side of the road.
Maxim Belkov endured an uncomfortable 12th stage to the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday
Belkov was pushed off his bike by a fan in a red T-Shirt during the Vuelta a Espana race
An angry Belkov took to his official Facebook page after the stage to call for help in trying to find the perpetrator, writing: 'Today at the 12th stage in the last mountain 1-2km before the GPM I was pushed and kicked out of the bike by one of the "fans" in a red T-shirt.
'I flew over the fence and fell into the sink pit. It's outrageous and not athletic in relation to the riders! Maybe someone has a video of what happened... #LV2017.'
The man was arrested, but having learned of the spectator's learning disability, Belkov has withdrawn his initial intention to take the matter further.
But the Russian is still concerned by the growing number of fan related incidents and