In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
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Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) has been booted out of the 2017 Paris-Nice after the race jury deemed the Frenchman received illegal assistance from his teamcar while trying to get back to the peloton after a crash.
Bardet crashed with a little over 20km remaining on the wet opening stage of the week-long French stage race but was able to rejoin the chasing group without too much hassle. Footage from the race helicopter later showed that Bardet had had undue assistance from his teamcar.
— World Cycling Stats (@wcstats) March 5, 2017
The race commissaires announced shortly after the finish that Bardet would be excluded from the race. Bardet took to Twitter to offer an explanation and an apology:
“We made a mistake due to the fact we weren’t thinking straight at a key moment in the stage, mainly as a result of my crash and the circumstances of a fantastic and animated stage,” Bardet said. “I am deeply sorry for my actions because nothing justifies taking advantage of the extensive assistance I received from the team car for mechanical repairs. This practice, too often tacitly accepted within the peloton, must now be guarded against in order to ensure the integrity of our sport.
“I sincerely apologize to the organizers and the fans. I came to Paris-Nice with a great desire and conviction to be an important actor in the proceedings. Now I must concentrate on preparing myself for the races that I will face in the next few weeks when I will be dedicated to taking part in my sport in the way that I love it.”