Nacer Bouhanni: My season was destabilised by UCI suspension

Tour de la Provence 2020 5th Edition 1st stage Chateaurenard Saintes MariesdelaMer Stage 1 13022020 Nacer Bouhanni FRA Team Arkea Samsic photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2020
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

2021 was a year to forget for Arkéa-Samsic sprinter Nacer Bouhanni, not only because he went winless but because of a sprinting clash with Groupama-FDJ's Jake Stewart that spiralled out of control and meant he missed a vital part of the season.

The 31-year-old Frenchman was disqualified from the GP Cholet-Pays De Loire after bumping Stewart into the barriers as he dove for the wheel of eventual winner Elia Viviani (Cofidis). Stewart suffered a broken bone in his hand and missed the Tour of Flanders, and Bouhanni was later suspended for two months for dangerous sprinting.

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