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Bakelants begins road to recovery, BMC hunts China success: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 17, 2017

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Hansen threatened with deportation from Europe

by Shane Stokes

Lotto-Soudal rider Adam Hansen was reluctantly forced to resort to the old ‘do you not know me?’ approach, or version thereof, after being threatened with a large fine and deportation from Europe recently. Writing on the Velon website about the upcoming Tour of Guangxi in China, Hansen also spoke about his unexpected and unwelcome drama with airport officials.

“I had a bit of a nightmare with my visa for China. I was heading to train in the UAE from Vienna airport, but I’d sent my Italian passport to Milan to get my visa for Guangxi. I was travelling on my Australian passport and they couldn’t find the stamp for entering Europe. I said – “I entered on my Italian passport,” and they said – “Well where is it?” I said – “It’s in Milan at the Chinese embassy.”

They said: “Well you’ve overstayed in Europe, so you get deported directly to Australia.” They took me out the back and I was interviewed. They wanted to give me a €3,000 fine on top of deporting me.

It was a bit stressful. I didn’t like to use the line, but I said: “Google me, you’ll see I’m a cyclist and I’m going to race in China.” They Googled me and let me go.”

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