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Could Lance be penalized...?(4 posts)

Could Lance be penalized...?94Nole
Jul 14, 2003 1:10 PM
for his short cut through the field? I mean he did cut that corner pretty much and he likely could have turned right once he had control of the situation and gone back to the road.

Just wondering. I don't remember hearing about cyclists being penalized.

THanks
re: Could Lance be penalized...?Xeo
Jul 14, 2003 1:31 PM
If he had gained an advantage by going into the field the posibility of being penalized would be very real. However he entered the field to avoid hitting Beloki and didn't gain any advantage so he won't be penalized.
They let it pass ... he lost a few seconds ...Humma Hah
Jul 14, 2003 1:42 PM
... so he gained no advantage from it, and by leaving the road he avoided riding up Beloki's crotch, for which I'm sure the later is eternally grateful.

Officially, there is no penalty.
re: Could Lance be penalized...?Chris T
Jul 14, 2003 3:04 PM
From velonews.com:

Four-time champion Lance Armstrong avoided being fined or punished for his dramatic detour through a field to avoid crashing into fallen rival Joseba Beloki near the end of the Tour de France ninth stage Monday.

A race jury determined that Armstrong was deemed not to have benefited from his impromptu change of direction.

"Beloki's fall led Armstrong to take evasive action, leading him into a field which he left without gaining any advantage on the group of riders he had been with," said an organizers' statement.