De Gendt insists bidon disqualification rule needs revising

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 - 100th Edition - 7th stage Barcelona - Barcelona 133 km - 28/03/2021 - Thomas De Gendt (BEL - Lotto Soudal) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021
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Belgium's Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) has argued that newly-introduced rules governing where and when bidons can be thrown away need revision following the disqualification of two riders in the Tour of Flanders races.

Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano) and Michael Schär (AG2R-Citroën) were both disqualified for the same offence of throwing away a bottle outside the designated waste zones in their respective races. De Gendt, who said he had handed over a bottle to a fan who asked him for it directly on a climb of stage 2 of the Itzulia Basque Country, said he feels the law should be less sweeping.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.