Nacer Bouhanni the French sprinter, was involved in a fight with hotel guests on the eve of the French National championships in the early hours of Sunday morning, it has been reported. The former boxer, known for his aggressive riding in sprint finishes, recently celebrated winning a stage of the Dauphiné by punching his fists in a tribute to Mohammed Ali.
He was drawn into a fight when he asked some guests in a nearby room to be quiet as he tried to get to sleep before the race the following day. In an ensuing argument it is alleged that Bouhanni threw a punch which knocked out a tooth of his opponent. Bouhanni himself was taken to hospital where he had four stitches to a cut on his hand before returning to the team hotel.
He abandoned the race the following morning after a few laps as a result of his injury and lack of sleep. It is not thought his injuries will stop the Cofidis rider from making the start of the Tour de France which begins this weekend in Mont Saint Michel. This was confirmed today when Cofidis announced that Bouhanni will be their team leader for the Tour.