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Uran and Bilbao warned over illegal riding positions at Tour de France

ANDORRELAVIEILLE ANDORRA JULY 11 Rigoberto Urn of Colombia and Team EF Education Nippo during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 15 a 1913km stage from Cret to AndorrelaVieille Col de Beixalis 1796m LeTour TDF2021 on July 11 2021 in AndorrelaVieille Andorra Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-Nippo) riding in an illegal position during stage 15 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-Nippo) and Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) have both received warnings from the Tour de France commissaires over their riding positions.

The pair fell foul of the UCI's regulations on rider positions, which were brought in on April 1 this year.

The rule (2.2.025) forbids riders from riding in the 'super-tuck' position – which saw riders sit on the top tube while descending – as well as riding in a 'time trial' position – where riders used their forearms as a point of support on the handlebars.

Urán and Bilbao appear to have raced using the latter position, with several photographs showing the Colombian riding with his forearms resting on the handlebars during stage 15.

The riders are far from the first to be sanctioned under the new rules. 

Back in April, Jumbo-Visma's Gijs Leemreize was disqualified from De Brabantse Pijl for breaking the rule, while Alpecin-Fenix rider Alexander Richardson was thrown out of the Tour of Turkey for adopting a position similar to that used by Urán.

At Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Richard Carapaz was disqualified for using the 'super-tuck' during a late attack. In June, Beat Cycling's Jan-Willem van Schip was disqualified from the Baloise Belgium Tour after his handlebars – designed to allow him to rest his forearms on them – fell foul of UCI rules.

Under UCI regulations, riders 'using a non-compliant position or point of support on the bicycle that represents a danger to the rider or competitors' in a WorldTour race face a CHF 1,000 fine as well as docking 25 UCI raking points and elimination or disqualification from the race.

Urán and Bilbao appear to be the first riders to have been caught breaking the riding position rules and escape without a fine or disqualification. The pair lie second and 10th overall with five days of racing left in the Tour.

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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 and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.