Riders hope to overturn bottle disqualification rule at UCI meeting

Tim Declerq takes a drink from a bidon
Tim Declerq takes a drink from a bidon (Image credit: Getty Images)

Riders and teams hope the UCI will change the new strict rules on the disposal of drinking bottles in races during a meeting of the Professional Cycling Council on Wednesday, thus ending the disqualification of riders for a single offence that sparked controversy after the Tour of Flanders. 

Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano) and Michael Schär (AG2R-Citroën) were both disqualified for throwing away a bottle outside the designated waste zones at the Tour of Flanders after the new rules came into force on April 1.  

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.