Strict penalties amended for first-time offenders throwing bottles in races

CEYZERIAT FRANCE AUGUST 07 Christopher Froome of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Feed Zone Soigneur Peloton during the 32nd Tour de LAin 2020 Stage 1 a 140km stage from MontralLaCluse to Ceyzriat 304m tourdelain TOURDELAIN TDA on August 07 2020 in Ceyzeriat France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
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Strict penalities that have been enforced as part of new UCI rules on rider safety have been softened after a meeting of the governing Professional Cycling Council (PCC) but riders will still be punished for throwing bottles to roadside fans due to road safety environmental concerns.

Riders and teams have criticised the rules after Michael Schär (AG2R Citroën Team) and Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano), were disqualified from races for throwing a bidon to fans during the Tour of Flanders.

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