Tour de Sagan: what would Tinkoff do?

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.

You can watch the 2016 NBCSports interview with Tinkoff  here (it’s a real treat!) or read the transcript  here, and then decide for yourself.

And in case you’re wondering….

 

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Duh.

 

*Peter Sagan raced for Tinkoff cycling team 2015 – 2016.

 

 

 

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