Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 26, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen ends Grand Tour drought with Giro stage win; Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win; Canola makes it a hat trick in Japan; Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’; Van der Poel to race Albstadt World Cup Sunday; Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath; Planckaert has surgery for broken collarbone after Belgium Tour crash; Tour of Utah announces 2017 stages; Video: Van Garderen post-stage interview; Teaser: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; Video: ORICA-Scott pre-Giro, stage 18; Video: Duel on Hellfire Pass; Philippe Gilbert stops for mid-stage photoshoot at the Belgium Tour.

Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath

by CyclingTips

Dries De Bondt (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) was kicked out of the Baloise Belgium Tour by the race jury for riding on a footpath during the first stage on Wednesday. He was also fined 100 Swiss Francs.

Race organisers of the Spring Classics made this particular infraction a point of emphasis earlier this year, going so far as to place fencing and other obstructions in the way to discourage riders from using the smoother footpaths instead of riding on the cobbles.

15 riders were fined for riding sidewalks on the first stage of the Three Days of De Panne, including stage winner Philippe Gilbert.

However, no riders have been disqualified from races until now — in part because it was either a large group of riders or it was the race leaders, and doing so would have a major impact on the race results.

Nikolas Maes (Lotto-Soudal) Tweeted in response to the decision that if a rider like Peter Sagan did it he would be applauded for his expert bike handling.

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