July 5, 2024
Stage 11, Tour de France
With the blind and dysfunctional leadership of the Union Cycliste International, professional cycling has drastically devolved. The major blip on the radar seemed to have occurred four years ago with the onset of the Covid pandemic. From that point, the rules of professional cycling seem to have no bounds. From the onset of banning the aero tuck and forearm riding the bars, the grind of restrictions placed on the riders has caused serious consequences with no end in sight. At the end of Stage 11, today, the commissaire fines are listed below:
- Team Mercedes/Cannon Printers fined 5,000 Swiss francs for the use of radio transmission to direct a rider.
- Egan Bernal fined 500 Swiss francs for intimidating other riders on a climb (over 7%) by smiling.
- George Bennett and Lennard Kamna fined 500 Swiss francs each for attempting to form a breakaway (dangerous acts).
- Sepp Kuss fined 350 Swiss francs for dropping the peel of a banana (littering).
- Sports Director Chris Froome fined 2,000 Swiss francs for water/feeding a rider within 100km of the finishing line.
- Pavel Sivakov fined 350 Swiss francs for wetting another rider while squirting water over his own head.
- Team Cat’s Best Öko Plus fined 3,000 Swiss francs for the use of a power meter. The rider (Benoit Cosnefroy) was also disqualified.
- Connor Swift fined 500 Swiss francs for riding with his head down (dangerous act).
- Mads Petersen fined 500 Swiss francs for riding with only one hand in contact with handlebars, while attempting to signal a team car (dangerous act). Team Expat was also fined 1,000 Swiss francs for responding to signal.
- Tadej Pogacar fined 250 Swiss francs for unspecified sock violation and 250 Swiss francs for arguing with commissaire.
- The following riders were fined 500 Swiss francs for 1 or more infractions of the 53 water bottle rules:
- Miguel Lopez
- Harold Tejada (x2)
- Casper Pedersen
- Maxime Chevalier
- Enric Mas
- Wout Van Aert fined 500 Swiss francs tint limitation on sunglasses (dangerous act).
- Valentine Madouas fined 250 Swiss francs for urinating in a non-urination zone.
- Team Plopp fined 1,000 Swiss francs for failing to place traffic triangles behind team car when changing the wheel of a rider (dangerous act).
Former Tour pro and 9x Green Jersey winner Peter Sagan refused to comment on sprint finishes and sprint points where the power has been limited to or below 1,600 watts per rider per sprint for safety reasons. After four years, the Covid lockdown in France is still in place, not allowing for citizens to go beyond 50 meters of their residence. This restriction has slowly eroded the amount of fans physically at the Tour, as many only watch on television or wave from windows. “The future of professional is bright,” said UCI President Svann LaPlache, who replaced David Lappartient this year. “We are striving to make the sport more safe and productive for everyone involved. As far as Geoff Jacobson, who identifies as a female, racing in La Course (the women’s Tour de France), that decision has not been finalized yet.”