LACAVE, France (AP) — Biking’s governing physique on Friday overturned the choice from the Tour de France jury to provide Rigoberto Uran and George Bennett time penalties for grabbing bottles from the aspect of the street within the closing levels of Thursday’s 12th stage.
Cannondale-Drapac workforce boss Jonathan Vaughters advised The Related Press he was knowledgeable of the UCI’s choice Friday morning, forward of the beginning of Stage 13.
Uran, who rides for Vaughters’ workforce, was handed a 20-second time penalty for accepting a water bottle within the final 5 kilometers (three miles) of Thursday’s stage, which isn’t allowed by UCI guidelines.
The Colombian rider was in fourth place total, 55 seconds behind race chief Fabio Aru of Italy, which means that his deficit ought to now be diminished to 35 seconds.
Uran’s time penalty prompted vigorous protest from Vaughters, after Frenchman Romain Bardet escaped comparable punishment regardless of a video seemingly clearly displaying that he too grabbed a bottle and drank from it.
Bardet received Stage 12 simply forward of Uran and is third within the standings, 25 seconds behind Aru.
UCI guidelines state that “feeding is prohibited on climbs, descents and in the course of the first 50 and final 20 (kilometers).” The jury mentioned that Bennett was penalized for taking a bottle 6.four kilometers from the end and Uran was sanctioned for his unlawful feed within the final 5 kilometers.
The UCI, nonetheless, acknowledged in an announcement Friday that, because of blocked autos, the “incapacity of groups to resupply their riders earlier than the final climb” led its panel to “annul the penalties imposed” on Uran, Bennett and Belgian rider Serge Pauwels (Staff Dimension Information).
Vaughters mentioned he was “extremely shocked” by the UCI’s choice to reverse the ruling.
“I wish to say ‘Chapeau’ to them and say thanks,” he added. “I by no means noticed the UCI got here again on a choice earlier than.”
New Zealander Bennett, who rides for Staff Lotto NL, was in ninth place total however greater than 4 minutes behind Aru heading into stage 13.
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