Tour de France: Caleb Ewan, Alpecin-Fenix ​​fined by race jury for writing stage 13


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As if to add insult to injury, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was fined for dragging himself behind an Alpecin-Fenix ​​car following his unfortunate crash on stage 13 of the Tour de France.

Alpecin-Fenix ​​DS leader Christoph Roodhooft also received a double penalty for helping draft the Australian and ignoring instructions from race marshals, when it was fellow DS Michel Cornelisse who was driving.

Ewan was fined CHF200 ($204) as well as a one-minute time penalty, 10 points removed from his tally in the green jersey competition and one point removed from his mountains classification tally – putting him in negative numbers in this competition. Meanwhile, Alpecin-Fenix ​​was given a total financial penalty of CHF 1,000.

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Ewan hit the bridge hard on a left-hander with around 70 kilometers to go after it appeared he had clipped his team-mate’s wheel.

As he attempted to backtrack, television footage showed him behind an Alpecin-Fenix ​​team car. A bicycle commissioner could be seen protesting against the driver of the vehicle raising his arm in frustration.

Cornelisse was the driver of the vehicle and he accused the commissioner of being heartless.

“This man has no feelings or anything. He’s not a rider from my own team, and this boy fell,” Cornelisse told the Dutch broadcaster. LIT. “I see crashes happening all week and then the riders are allowed to come back behind the car. So I think why not? There was no team around [for Ewan] so I wanted to take her with me. Then the commissioner arrived and I tried to speed up, but there were two police motorcycles in front of me. I was already driving at 80 km/h there.

“He was angry, but I was angry too. I couldn’t ride faster there. With Ewan, I was already driving at 80 km/h behind the car and there were motorcycles in front. Ewan was almost at the cars, so I don’t know why this man was so worried.

Ewan could be seen speaking with the stewards during the neutral deployment ahead of Saturday’s Stage 14.


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