Tour of Flanders: a runner excluded for an illegal bottle throw

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Michael Schär, rider of the AG2R-Citroën team, was disqualified this Sunday on the Tour of Flanders. The Swiss was sanctioned for having thrown his bottle outside the planned area.

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We do not joke with ecology. Michael Schär learned it the hard way this Sunday, on the Tour of Flanders. The AG2R-Citroën team rider was excluded from the race for having thrown his bottle outside the areas provided for this purpose. A consequence of the tightening of the regulations by the UCI.

The UCI has toughened its rules

Waste areas are regularly installed on the course, allowing cyclists in particular to get rid of their cans. It is therefore forbidden to “throw objects in a reckless or dangerous manner or outside the waste areas provided by the organizer”.

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In a moment of inattention, the Swiss visibly forgot the rule on a turn, throwing his bottle near spectators who applauded him warmly. The organizers of the race therefore took the maximum sanction, namely exclusion, deeming “potentially dangerous” and degrading for “the image of our sport” this canister throw. No mercy on the hardships of a day. On his bike, Michael Schär, who gets more of a fine, obviously blamed himself strongly.

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