Two riders, Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana-Premier Tech) and Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin Fenix), were disqualified from the Tour of Flanders this Sunday. The tension had risen between the two men, after only fifteen kilometers, with a shoulder blow.
A little hectic start to the Tour of Flanders this Sunday. An incident took place in the peloton, after only fifteen kilometers of racing, between Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana-Premier Tech) and Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin Fenix). Both men were excluded from the race.
One less teammate for van der Poel
Favorite of the race with Julian Alaphilippe and Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel therefore lost a teammate very early on at Alpecin. Otto Vergaerde gave a boost to his rival Yevgeniy Fedorov, who wanted to revive the peloton while a group of five riders tried to take the lead in the lead. The Belgian did not like it and let it be known.
The Kazakh tried to take revenge with a small fishtail in response, before being calmed down by Davide Ballerini. “Fedorov wanted me to collaborate to go find the breakaway but I didn’t agree. He reacted, he almost knocked me down on purpose. I pushed him away and he wanted to kick me, explained Vergaerde to the journalists of the VRT. It was after that I reacted, while keeping my hands on the handlebars. The jury obviously wanted to set an example by disqualifying me. “