Bessèges organiser fined and sentenced

The organiser of the recent Etoile de Bessèges stage race in the south of France, Rolland Fangille,...

The organiser of the recent Etoile de Bessèges stage race in the south of France, Rolland Fangille, has been given a fine of €4,500 by French authorities for letting Swedish ProTour team Unibet.com take the start of the first stage wearing the official team jersey branded with the name of the sponsor. At the moment, the online gambling company is considered illegal on French territory as a legal procedure is underway against it before the European Commission.

Fangille, who also received a suspended prison sentence of two months, let the cyclists wear their official team kit on one occasion during the race, the rest of the time its riders wore a generic jersey displaying a question mark. The team's directors promised to take care of the fine.

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