Guilty of having overthrown the Belgian Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the final of the sixth stage of the Giro this Thursday, the sporting director of the BikeExchange team Gene Bates was excluded from the competition.
Considering the images, striking, the sanction would inevitably fall. It’s done. One of the directors of the BikeExchange team, Gene Bates, was excluded from the Giro after knocking down a rider, the Belgian Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep), in the 6th stage leading to San Giacomo on Thursday.
Serry was struck in the back by the Australian training vehicle piloted by Bates. The Belgian rider fell but was able to start again, furious, a few moments later.
The driver apologized
At the time of the incident, which occurred 12 kilometers from the finish judged on the heights of Ascoli Piceno, Serry was starting to be left behind by the group of favorites. He finally finished 61st on the stage, nearly a quarter of an hour behind the winner Gino Mäder.
“Our sporting director Gene Bates spoke directly to Pieter Serry and the Deceuninck team to apologize personally, commented BikeExchange. We are all happy to see that Pieter was able to complete the stage.”
Serry also reassured for his part: “Impressed by all the messages of support, he wrote on Twitter. I am fine and I was able to finish the stage. Thanks to the BikeExchange team for the apologies. I I’m happy to be able to continue the Giro. “
In addition to the exclusion of Bates, the jury of commissioners sanctioned his team with a fine of 2,000 Swiss francs (1,828 euros) and a demotion to last place in the line of sports directors for the 7th stage.