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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
Movistar’s Andrey Amador was stopped by police near his home in San José, Costa Rica, for cycling on a prohibited highway. The incident, filmed by the officer, shows him pulling Amador over. Amador claims the officer threw his Canyon team bike, resulting in a physical confrontation.
“You do not know who I am,” Amador said in the video. “If you grab me and throw my bike, I have to pay what it is worth. It’s worth more than your damn motorbike.”
Amador, who is a two-time Grand Tour stage winner and Costa Rica’s most-famous rider, posted a video explaining his side of the story, resulting in the police posting the officer’s video.
“I am very upset about the way [the police officer] acted. I fell off my bike and he almost toppled me. Until there came a point that I started to push back, risking my life and integrity.
“I did not like the way he grabbed my bike, threw it. I just wanted to stop later, not in the middle of the road, which was dangerous for me and for everyone.”