Richard Carapaz disqualified from Liège-Bastogne-Liège for supertuck
Richard Carapaz was disqualified from Liège-Bastogne-Liège for an illegal piloting position during his solo attack.
The star of the Ecuadorian Grand Tour launched a huge attack on the penultimate climb of the day, the Côte des Forges, about 30 km from the finish of the Belgian Monument, stands out from its rivals and gives itself a chance of victory by clearing a gap of 20 seconds.
Carapaz, who races for Ineos Grenadiers, was eventually pulled out by the rest of the favorites and finished the race in 29th place, around 1-21 behind winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).
But as the official results emerged after the one-day 259 km race, Carapaz had been disqualified by the race jury.
Ineos Grenadiers confirmed to Weekly cycling that the 2019 Giro d’Italia Carapaz was forfeited its result for violating the new UCI rules on illegal riding positions.
Carapaz is the latest rider to be kicked out of a race for breaking the recently introduced rules, which prohibit the use of the “ supertuck ” and the forearm time trial position on road bikes in the races.
On April 1, the UCI introduced strict penalties for anyone riding in a number of unconventional driving positions for safety reasons.
British pro Alexander Richardson of the Tour of Turkey for an illegal position on the fourth stage earlier this month, while Jumbo-Visma’s Gijs Leemreize was sent off from Brabantse Pijl hours later.
The UCI regulations state: “The rider must normally take a seated position on the bicycle. This position requires that the only points of support are: the feet on the pedals, the hands on the handlebars and the seat on the saddle. “
Riders breaking the new riding position rule are automatically disqualified. The UCI has also introduced severe penalties for runners caught throwing rubbish outside designated areas on the course.
After introducing disqualifications for anyone strewn in day races and time penalties in stage races, the UCI agreed to change the rules after numerous complaints from riders.
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