Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 3, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Greipel takes sprint win at Tour de Luxembourg; Jaramillo takes stage win at Tour of Japan; Gilbert leaving BMC after 2016; Henao set to make return at Dauphiné; Citing Zika virus, pregnant wife, van Garderen withdraws name from Olympic selection; UCI announces women’s Olympic road events allocations; Comedy of errors at Tour of Ukraine; Sagan enjoying an active rest period; Axel Merckx talks about his team’s recent success; Mid-ride with Koen de Kort; Mountain biker nearly falls off cliff

Comedy of errors at Tour of Ukraine

by CyclingTips

Wednesday’s afternoon road stage of the Tour of Ukraine was going as planned, but in the final kilometres a lack of volunteers and staff resulted in the peloton going off course. One rider, Aleksandr Sjejdyk (PCM Team Kuota), did go the correct way and seemed to win the stage solo.

While it is rare that riders are directed off-course in a race, it does happen. The peloton is usually redirected back to the course and the racing resumes — and any riders who go the correct way are allowed to benefit from the error, as the rules place the ultimate burden on the riders to know the course.

What is unusual in this case is that organisers decided to re-run the finish of the race, wiping out the win for Sjedyk and having the entire peloton race an additional 15km. Even that was mis-managed and was eventually shortened to 5km as the longer loop could no longer be closed to traffic.

As expected, sprinter Siarhei Papok (Minsk Cycling Club) won the field sprint while Sjejdyk was nowhere near the top-20.

Riders and teams are voicing their displeasure over the conditions and general lack of organisation of the entire UCI 2.2 ranked race, with this incident only one of many examples.

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