#portegate

Pro cycling certainly has strange and inconsistent application of its rules.

If that’s not Aussie mate ship them what is?
Mateship ✔ Sportmanship ✔ Meeting UCI Rules ✘
The Commissionaire jury cites rule 12.01.40/8.2 and Porte gets 2 minute penalty, drops to 12th on GC (3’09” down) “Art. 12.1.040. Non regulation assistance to a rider from another team, stage races. 200 CHF fine and 2’ penalty”

12-01-40

ref: 12-DIS-20150101-E_English

“Obviously as the director of the Giro d’Italia, I have to say that I’m sorry about this because it’s a further burden for a rider who hoped to do something important at this Giro, but this doesn’t mean that he can’t still do that,” Vegni said. “But clearly there was little to be done, rules are rules, and I think rules have to be respected for the credibility of this sport and, in this case, the credibility of the Giro d’Italia.”
— Giro director Mauro Vegni cyclingnews]

I think rules have to be respected…” Apparently only when it suits the narrative. Multiple riders break the rules by riding in front of a speeding train at this year’s Paris-Roubaix? (rule: 12.01.40/16) According to the UCI Commissionaire jury, nothing to see here; the UCI rule application appears to be totally arbitrary.

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