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Gijs Leemreize disqualified for illegal riding position at Brabantse Pijl

OVERIJSE BELGIUM APRIL 14 Gijs Leemreize of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma during the 61st De Brabantse Pijl La Flche Brabanonne 2021 Mens Elite a 2017km race from Leuven to Overijse 106m BP21 FlandersClassic on April 14 2021 in Overijse Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma) at Brabantse Pijl (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jumbo-Visma rider Gijs Leemreize has become the first rider to fall foul of the UCI's newly introduced regulations on illegal riding positions at Brabantse Pijl.

The Dutch rider was disqualified from the WorldTour one-day Classic after utilising a now-banned riding position – either the 'super-tuck' or the 'time trial' position – during the race. His team confirmed the news via Twitter, simply stating: "DQ Gijs Leemreize for riding position."

Leemreize, 21, is riding his first year at the WorldTour squad after coming up through the Jumbo-Visma Development Team.

He made his debut for the squad at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali last month, though was called up to the senior team several times last season.

He's hit the headlines before, too, having severed a finger in a crash at the Tour of Burgos last July, and briefly holding the record time for the ascent of the Col de La Redoute a month earlier.

The ban on the 'super-tuck' position, in which riders balance their bodies on the top tube and handlebars rather than stay seated on the saddle during descents, was enforced from April 1 after the UCI's Professional Cycling Council approved the measure in early February.

The ban also included the 'time trial' position, in which riders drape their forearms over the middle of the handlebars.

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Daniel Ostanek

Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. 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, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content on Cyclingnews and takes on live race text coverage throughout the season.

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