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Whelan leading in Tasmania, Hainan aggressor handed big ban: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 10, 2017

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Tour of Hainan aggressor handed lengthy ban by Chinese federation, team also suspended

by Shane Stokes

He was ejected from the Tour of Hainan after he fought with officials from the Swiss national team, and now the Keyi Look rider Wang Xin has been handed a two-year ban from pro cycling. AFP reported Thursday that Wang, the team and its manager Han Feng, doctor Zhang Ya, and masseur Fan Yunlong were all punished.

Wang was handed a six-month ban from the sport and a two-year suspension from pro cycling. The team is banned from all events until 2019, while the three officials were also punished. The Chinese Cycling Association (CCA) is faulting Han for not being in control of his rider.

Wang crashed during the race and claimed afterwards that the Swiss team’s vehicle made contact with him and caused him to fall. Manager Danilo Honda denied this. “We never bumped into him,” he told Eurosport. “You can see that from the race video. He simply hit the back wheel of another rider and went down. He was obviously embarrassed and took out his frustration on us.”

Wang later apologized. He and the team were sent home, and have been told by race organisers that they will never take part in the event again.

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