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by Shane Stokes
September 27, 2017
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World champion Peter Sagan’s facial hair wouldn’t be welcome at the Sport Vlaanderen team.
The relatively recent trend of riders sporting beards is officially a no-go for riders from the Sport Vlaanderen team, with sport director Walter Planckaert banning facial hair. The former pro explained his motivation for the measure on Tuesday, saying that he was making the rule for “aesthetic reasons”.
“I’m taking this measure for the elegance of cycling,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “We’re a cycling team, with riders. Not motocross riders or rugby players. Snot and food leftovers in the beard of a rider in action, it’s nasty.”
In recent years riders such as Bradley Wiggins, Peter Sagan and Simon Geschke have all gone the bearded route. But while former Tour of Flanders winner Planckaert is fine with stubble, anything more than this will not be tolerated.