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Evenepoel warned by Brabantse Pijl race jury over Ben Turner push

Remco Evenepoel at Brabantse Pijl
Remco Evenepoel at Brabantse Pijl (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

Remco Evenepoel received a warning from the race jury at Brabantse Pijl after the Belgian pushed Ineos Grenadiers rider Ben Turner in full view of the TV cameras.

The 22-year-old was part of an elite group which has broken away from the peloton at 70km to go in the race when he was caught reaching out to nudge the Briton out of the way behind Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), who was leading the move.

Soon afterwards, the news filtered through that the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl rider had been given a warning for his actions by the race jury.

Such an action would fall under part 8.2.1, section 2.12.007 of the UCI regulations, which covers 'Assault, intimidation, threats, improper conduct, or behaviour that is indecent or that endangers others', something which would carry a fine of between 100 and 1,000CHF and a small UCI ranking penalty.

However, the commissaires present at the race deemed a warning enough penalty for Remco Evenepoel, given that the move was not a violent push or punch.

Evenepoel later apologised for pushing Turner, saying his actions were unnecessary, as reported in Nieuwsblad.

"That push was not the intention and should not have been necessary. I just wanted to go with it. Pidcock came along backwards 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 apologised. It's a part of the race and the nervousness, but again: my apologies for that."

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Daniel Ostanek
Daniel Ostanek

Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.