From another thread . . .
"Shoving Cat4's out of the paceline to move in is another one of his tactics. Hand on the hip and push. Legal, sure . . ."
I'm just getting started in the criterium scene, so don't know all the details yet . . . but, really, you can physically force a guy out of a spot that you want (and I don't mean by keeping your hand on your bars and using aggressive navigation) -- just ride up next to him, actually push his body aside with your hand, and take the wheel he was on?
If so, I'm not going to last long with this racing thing. 'Cause I'm just a former offensive lineman with a borderline anger management problem. If somebody did that to me, there's a 50% chance that, when the race was over, I would find the guy and beat the **** out of him. And it's only a 50% chance because the other half of the time I wouldn't wait until the race is over, but rather take my spot back with a retaliatory "hand to his hip" that not only removed him from the paceline but had him eatking roadside shrubbery.