Pieter Serry misses Flandrien Gala due to doping control: I feel like a prisoner with an ankle monitor
Nov 07 2018 12:13 am CET

Pieter Serry misses Flandrien Gala due to doping control: I feel like a prisoner with an ankle monitor
Pieter Serry misses Flandrien Gala due to doping control: I feel like a prisoner with an ankle monitor
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The Belgian Gala of the Flandrien was ruined for Quick-Step Floors' Pieter Serry by the doping control inspectors. The rider had to leave the gala to give some samples for doping control.

The Flandrien Trophy is a prize given by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad and the day it is awarded marks a special annual occasion for the cycling community in the country. Serry was among the invited riders in the gala at the Casino Kursaal of Ostend, but at the start presenter Karl Vannieuwkerke had an announcement for him.

"This is not a joke, can Pieter Serry go to the exit of the casino? Two doping inspectors are waiting for him," the presenter announced during the first minutes of the gala.

"To comply with the doping rules, I have to indicate every day the times that I am at home," the rider told the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. "In my case, this is between 7 and 8 in the morning, but today they were at my door in the evening. I saw that on my phone when I was in Ostend for the gala. If I had not picked up the phone, they couldn't have done anything, but I did.

"I told them that I didn't want to go and that I couldn't go. Then I passed them the details of the casino Kursaal and told them to come here."

Serry was not happy with the visit of the inspectors outside the times he had indicated he was available for the tests. "I find this really ridiculous," the Belgian said. "I was checked two weeks ago.

"I understand that there must be checks and that people have to do their work, but two checks immediately after each other, out of season, is simply a waste of money. I feel like a prisoner with an ankle monitor."

The Flandrien Trophy was awarded to Yves Lampaert, following five years of Greg Van Avermaet, while the International award was given to Tom Dumoulin, the Cyclocross award to Mathieu van der Poel and the women's to Sanne Cant.
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