Things heated up for Remco Evenepoel during the Brabantse Pijl as he was given a warning for pushing Ben Turner (Ineos Grenadier). This incident happened while he was on air and cameras caught Evenepoel pushing Turner in frustration.
Remco Evenepoel was a part of the elite group that was out in the front, and during the last 70km of the event, the group became even more aggressive. Desperate situations call for desperate measures and that is when it was seen on camera that Evenepoel was trying to push Ben Turner out of the way for the lead, which is a clear violation of the race rules.
Soon after his mistake, he was given a clear warning by the race judge for behaving the way he did. After the race, in a social media post, he apologized to Ben Turner for his behavior.
Good to be back racing in my home country, typical Belgian conditions. 😅☔
I want to apologise to @benjeturner for the incident during the race. It shouldn’t have happened.
— Remco Evenepoel (@EvenepoelRemco) April 13, 2022
Going into detail, this action by Remco Evenepoel falls under part 8.2.1, section 2.12.007 of the UCI Regulations. This covers ‘Assault, intimidation, threats, improper conduct, or behaviour that is indecent or that endangers others. The fine for this act is between 100 and 1,000CHF and a minor UCI ranking penalty.
Remco Evenepoel got away with a warning as the commissaries deemed it was enough punishment for the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Rider.
“𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭! He doesn’t treat riders with respect!” 😤
— Eurosport (@eurosport) April 13, 2022
Remco Evenepoel had a lot to say after the race:
That push was not the intention and should not have been necessary. I just wanted to go with it. Pidcock came along backward and they wanted to play the team game. That’s their right. That’s not fun for us, but that’s racing and tactical riding. I immediately apologized. That’s also a piece of course and nervousness, but again: my apologies for that.
These situations are normal for events like these, riders tend to frustrate more in these scenarios. Hopefully, Remco Evenepoel learned a valuable lesson today. For more updates, you know where to look!
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