Patrick Lefevere had some words for the UCI after his rider Julian Alaphilippe was fined for removing his helmet during the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The former world champion received a 500 Swiss franc penalty for taking his lid off as he was removing a base layer mid-race.
“I’m not saying the UCI should applaud when a rider takes off his helmet, we shouldn’t downplay safety, but should the federation also impose a fine on itself if a bollard suddenly becomes apparent in the road in the last kilometre of Paris-Nice? I didn’t see that in the official communiqué,” he said in Het Nieuwsblad.
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“There’s wind in Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, but I notice that it is also raining. The fines from the UCI are falling out of the blue this year,” Lefevere wrote. The UCI’s rules say that a rider who removes their helmet during a race can either receive a fine, or be disqualified.
You can watch the Frenchman’s costume change below.
Julian Alaphilippe tem essa categoria aqui… #TirrenoAdriatico pic.twitter.com/xSdbQznQbR
— BikeBlz (@BikeBlz) March 10, 2023
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