Alexander Richardson at Nokere Koerse.

Two riders disqualified from races for riding in banned positions

Riders at two different races were disqualified for riding in illegal positions on Wednesday.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos


Riders at two different races were disqualified for riding in illegal positions on Wednesday.

Rules went into effect on April 1 implementing strict penalties for those who take various banned positions on the bike, including the so-called “super tuck,” as well as riding with the forearms resting on the handlebars.

Wednesday saw what appear to be the first and the second disqualifications that have been handed down since the new rules came into effect.

Jumbo-Visma said that Gijs Leemreize was disqualified from Brabantse Pijl “for riding position,” assumedly in violation of the rules surrounding certain positions. A few hours later, Alexander Richardson (Alpecin-Fenix) was retroactively disqualified from the Tour of Turkey.

Earlier that day – and prior to Leemreize’s disqualification – Richardson could be seen on the live broadcast riding with his forearms atop the handlebars. His fingers were touching his brake levers, but the position is nonetheless banned under UCI rules, which prohibit “using the forearms as a point of support on the handlebar.”

While Richardson finished with the pack on the day, he was later kicked out of the Tour of Turkey by the race jury.