‘It’s not professional’ – VeloNews.com

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On Friday, this year’s rollercoaster of Giro d’Italia took another turn.

The 19th leg of the race was halved in length, as riders protested back-to-back for a long time and during the final week of the race season they faced about 260 km of flat, featureless roads. Were.

The chaotic late call to reconfigure the marathon ride at Esti adds yet another exclamation point to a race that has already suffered COVID crisis, marquee rider abandonment and stage rerouting. While the departure of Micheleton-Scott and Jumbo-Wisma, the abandonment of Geraint Thomas and redesignation of Phase 20 are dusted and agreed upon, Friday’s rider protest is a matter that may boil under the surface for some time is.

With at least two top teams and race organizations on one side, and most of the peloton and group of riders with CPAs, the 2020 Giro on the other hand is looking its greatest polemica Till now.

A rally of loud voices in the peloton late Thursday night sparked controversy.

“Due to the fatigue of this race on our immune system, riders thought it was even more unnecessary to do with an epidemic starting in a rain of 260 km,” explained the veteran and mouthpiece via the pelvis Adam Hanson. Twitter.

Despite Esty raising concerns the night before the long grinding phase, the decision to shorten the day was made only in the final hour before the scheduled time Abbiategrasso. After tense discussion led by Hansen under a tent in the rain, Race organizers agreed to the proposal to start the middle of the stage through the course, thus shortening it to 124 km.

Adam Henson in discussion with race officials before Friday’s stage debut.

While most herds were pleased with the verdict, leading figures claimed that there was little information about it.

“Our people were ready to start. We wanted to do it on stage, ”said Mateo Tosato, director of Team Inos Gazetta dello sport. “I understand the stage is long, but my riders wanted to run, and we are on our riders’ side.”

Bora-Hansgrohe, the home of star rider Peter Sagan, who is nearing the end of his much-debuted debut in the race, was similarly disappointed.

“It is true that yesterday’s phase was very difficult, with an elevation of over 5,800 meters and climbing Stelvio, that we had to leave our hotel at 6 am today and the weather conditions were a bit tough today.” Team Manager Ralph Denk. “However, it was possible to run today and I think it was unfair to inform the race organizers in the morning that the strike would take place. It is not professional, it should not be so. ”

The decision by riders to protest about the platform was conducted via the messaging app Wire. After initial concerns, the strike was decided via a call Tuttobici Saying that 12 team representatives voted ‘yes’, representatives of two teams voted ‘no’, and four representatives opted to go with a majority.

Italian cycling superstar Vinkenzo Nibali did not receive a memo.

“I only understood this morning when I was signing in,” he said. “Nobody told me about it. I did not know the motives. They told me that it was the decision of the CPA. I had a chat WireBut an informal Wire Wasn’t the right place to chat. I noticed that there was a discussion earlier in the evening, but it did not feel like there was a stage-cut decision. ”

Riders in the team’s vehicles completed half of Friday’s stage. Photo: Tim de Vale / Getty Image

Since the second rest day of the Giro, the peloton has endured three consecutive days of six to seven hours in the saddle, covering more than 200 kilometers at each stage. At the top, teams face several hours each day in buses, which begin and end during long transfers between accommodation and platform as the race hits the limited infrastructure of the mountains.

The prospect of nearly seven hours in cold temperatures and continuous rain in the 258 km of Oli was the straw to witness the victory of a bunch sprint or breakaway that broke the camel’s back which prompted the protest.

Many riders, both on the run or in their comfort chairs, were welcomed by what seemed a logical decision on social media.

“It was great to see the unity of riders and CPAs today,” wrote Alex Dowsett Twitter. “As riders, we run against each other but we all also race with each other.”

“The weather was awful this morning”, said newly-crowned race-leader Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) after the race. “These cold temperatures pose a threat to the immune system of riders. We as riders wanted to shorten the ride and we are grateful to RCS for making this decision. ”

However, voices both inside and outside the peloton criticized the riders as lazy or shying away from their responsibilities, with riders reporting after the stage that roadside fans booed them and in a display of disapproval Spit on the road in front of them.

For many critics, the call was too late. With Giro’s way in the books for 12 months now, teams and rider organizations had plenty of time to protest. However, again, the race was scheduled to be held in late May hot weather, and staff were still unaware of the transfer time, as Hanson made clear in a statement Twitter.

After a heated discussion in a cool, rain-soaked tent Abbiategrasso, the decision was made, and the riders traveled a few kilometers before jumping into team buses for the start of the new phase.

“It was a collective unified option,” Hanson wrote. “RCS and Wegani accepted it. There was some confusion at first, though, in the end, everyone ran the maximum. ”

The stage was finally conquered in two and a half hours, with Joseph Cerny taking the loot to attack the fleeing group. Viktor Campnaerts came in 18 seconds to take second place in a hard-fought Brexit fight from the Czech race leader.

“On the bus, we told ourselves that we had to give the organization a good show because they agreed to shorten the race,” Campeñaerts said after the race. “It was more interesting than a simple 10-second bunch sprint, wasn’t it?”

The show will continue on the high mountains on Saturday, with a triple climb up the cestriar likely to be decisive to determine the overall winner of the race. Racing can be even more frightening, with the feet refreshing after the short leg on Friday.

Although racing plays in the final stages of this year’s Rollercoaster Giro, race organizer Mauro Vegeni is doing more than awarding Trofo Senja Fine For one lucky rider in Milan. Due to his show of disrespect towards the race, the RCS chief is out for blood.

“Right now, we are thinking about collusion, but then someone will pay for it,” he said.

Friday’s stage may be some three hours shorter than planned, but as a result polemica May yet roll for some time.

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