Bouhanni thinks people have a wrong image of him
Aug 29 2016 07:51 pm CET

Bouhanni thinks people have a wrong image of him
Bouhanni thinks people have a wrong image of him

Cofidis rider Nacer Bouhanni has already been disqualified as a winner two times this season: in the EuroEyes Cyclassics and in a stage of Paris-Nice. But the Frenchman thinks people have the wrong impression of him and says that he has been misjudged in the past.

The victory of the rider in the Hamburg race came after an illegal move during the final sprint, equal to the incident in Paris-Nice. "Many riders of foreign teams came to tell me that they didn't understand the commissioners' decision," said Bouhanni to French medium 'Le Telegramme'.

"Personally, I had no doubts about my victory after the finish line. I called my father to tell him that I had won and then I was told about the disqualification. I was angry and I still don't understand what happened."

When asked if he is a victim of his reputation, Bouhanni answered: "I don't know. I have the label of 'bad boy' sticking in my skin. Personally, I'm not trying to picture myself as such. Is it because I was a boxer that I'm presented like this? I don't know. My job is to win races."

It has been an eventful season for the Frenchman with not only his disqualifications, but also his headbutt to Alexander Kristoff during the Dauphine and the hotel fight he had the night before the French national championships, which left him out of the Tour de France as well.
Photo of Nacer Bouhanni (cropped) by Cofidis