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Watch shock moment HORSE charges into cycling race before rider saves the day

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CYCLING fans were left astonished after a HORSE galloped into a race… before one rider diffused the dangerous situation.

The peloton were speeding towards the end of the first stage of the Arden Challenge in Belgium on Saturday when the shocking moment occurred.

A horse galloped up alongside the riders before it veered onto the road

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A horse galloped up alongside the riders before it veered onto the road
Cyclist Lars Daniels, in red, spotted the horse getting closer to the peloton

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Cyclist Lars Daniels, in red, spotted the horse getting closer to the peloton
He waved the horse down and got it to slow up

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He waved the horse down and got it to slow up
Daniels eventually got hold of the horse's reins and brought it under control

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Daniels eventually got hold of the horse’s reins and brought it under control

Footage shared on social media showed the horse running to catch the back of the group as they passed through a grassy area.

As the horse came off the grass and continued its dash towards the riders, the peloton picked up the pace to get away from it.

But with a number of cyclists beginning to look back in a state of panic, one rider took control of the situation.

Belgian Lars Daniels, 23, started putting his arm out in an attempt to tell the horse to stop.

He then dropped off the back of the bunch and began waving the horse down, before he got hold of its reins and brought it under control.

Daniels then cycled back up to the peloton and finished with the group.

Reacting on X, one person joked: “A hero without a cape.”

Another added: “The UCI would be able to impose a penalty or disqualify him for holding on to the horse and being towed.”

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While a third replied: “Wout Van Aert would have finished on the horse and taken it 650km to the finish.”

Daniels’ best finish in the Arden Challenge came in the fifth and final stage when he placed ninth.

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Dutchman Arno Wallenborn claimed the general classification.

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