Ster ZLM Toer race commissaires: We acted in the spirit of the 3km rule
Jun 17 2017 09:08 pm CET

Ster ZLM Toer race commissaires: We acted in the spirit of the 3km rule
Ster ZLM Toer race commissaires: We acted in the spirit of the 3km rule
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The race commissaires of the Ster ZLM Toer, who decided to apply the winning time to the then race leader Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo after a crash outside the three-kilometer zone, say that they acted in the spirit of the rule.

Following the words of QuickStep Floors' boss Patrick Lefevere, who accused the commissaires of not applying the rules and believed that Marcel Kittel should have led the race after Friday's stage, CyclingPub reached out to the race commissaires involved in the decision and asked for their view on the decision.

"During the two local laps, the last 15 kilometers of the race, the teams formed trains in order to prepare the sprint. Ten riders were dropped in this process," the college of commissaires explained.

"There was a massive crash in the last four kilometers. A rider attacked from the sprint train and this caused a crash in the peloton. The effect of this crash was enormous, not only considering the amount of riders on the ground but also those that were held up by the crash.

"The idea of the three-kilometers rule is that the sportive aspect of the race should be protected when a crash occurs in the high-risk phase of a race: When the trains are being formed to prepare the sprint. As this rule is only valid in the last three kilometers, the commissaires decided to act in the spirit of the rule.

"As such, we did not use article 2.6.027 (which refers to the 3km rule), but acted in the spirit of the article," the statement concluded.




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