Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni survives climb to win Catalunya stage; Pichon wins Coppi e Bartali opener; CCC Sprandi Polkowice takes TTT; Kristof Allegaert leads the Indian Pacific Wheel Race through the halfway point; Victorian cyclists miss out on minimum passing distance law; ASO strikes deal for race in China; Weening abandons Catalunya; Sporza secures rights for Flanders Classics through 2024; British Lord blames cycle lane for aiding Westminster attack; Lotto-Soudal boss hopes Dwars door Vlaanderen was a lesson; Girdlestone continues to defy odds, entering Le Race this weekend with top bib; World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry meets at Taipei Show; Van Garderen called out on social media for ‘rule infraction’; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; South America Bites : A New World Record.

Van Garderen called out on social media for ‘rule infraction’

by CyclingTips

In a case of people in glass houses should not throw stones, Movistar’s Juan Joaquin Rojas posted this Tweet calling out BMC’s Tejay van Garderen during the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya, for briefly removing his helmet to remove his cycling cap.

Van Garderen had posted comments and video clips on Twitter following Movistar’s winning ride in the opening team time trial stage, criticising them for pushing each other during the stage. The team was later penalised for the infractions, moving them into third on the stage and taking the race leader’s jersey away from Rojas.

The Movistar team responded to the ruling saying that the hands on the teammates was not a push, but merely a communication tool to let the other rider know to move into place.

It seems that the self-policing of the peloton is now enhanced with the advent of cameras everywhere and social media. But if you are going to criticise, be prepared for it to come back at you in the future.