Yesterday I mentioned French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni used to be a boxer. I should have said he still is a boxer.
In stage 10 of the TdF, the Cofidis rider decided to “strike” a Quickstep Floors rider and later cut off another Quickstep rider. “Oh wow!” you might be thinking, “a SECOND guy DQ’d from the Tour!”
“Oh sorry,” I would reply, “that would be too logical.”
From the UCI jury, Bouhanni got a $200 fine (I’ve seen library late fees higher than that), a 1 minute penalty (irrelevant for a sprinter), AND he kept all his green jersey points (the one place it might have hurt). Sigh…
I wonder what Oleg Tinkoff would say?
Oh, I know…
“In a perfect world, I don’t see the UCI at all in this game. I think they should run the Olympics, the world championships, and maybe some youth sports.” — Oleg Tinkoff, former owner and sponsor of Tinkoff cycling team*, in 2016 interview with NBCSports)
To be perfectly fair, it’s not exactly the same context, but I think it still applies.
And in case you’re wondering….
*Peter Sagan raced for Tinkoff cycling team 2015 – 2016.