James Knox criticises Tour Down Under disqualification for drafting cars after crash

TANUDAZ AUSTRALIA JANUARY 18 James Knox of The United Kingdom and Team Soudal QuickStep suffers a mechanical problem after the accident during the 23rd Santos Tour Down Under 2023 Stage 1 a 1499km stage from Tanunda to Tanunda on January 18 2023 in Tanunda Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
James Knox was disqualified for drafting cars after crashing on stage 1 of the 2023 Tour Down Under (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

Following his disqualification from the Tour Down Under for drafting behind team cars after he was caught in a crash 55km from the end of stage 1, James Knox has called out a conflict between UCI rules and rider safety.

The Briton had undergone a concussion check following his crash, which was among a spate of falls throughout the peloton during the stage, and then had to stop again to change bikes. However, UCI commissaires at the race then disqualified him for drafting team cars in a bid to make his way back to the peloton.

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