'A harsh call' - Barbara Malcotti disqualified at Tour de France Femmes

Itzulia Women 2022 - 1st Edition - 1st Stage Vitoria-Gazteiz - La Guardia 106 km - 13/05/2022 - Barbara Malcotti (ITA - Human Powered Health) - photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Barbara Malcotti (Human Powered Health) (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

Barbara Malcotti (Human Powered Health) was disqualified for 'irregular assistance' after doing a bike change at the front of the peloton instead of at the rear during stage 5 at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift

Devastated by the race official's swift and decisive decision the team's director, former pro rider Andrew Bajadali said,"it was a harsh call."

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.