The UCI sanctions Ganna with 500 Swiss francs for an illegal position

Filippo Ganna will leave his journey through the Return to San Juan with a good booty. The Italian from the Ineos team finished the fourth stage in third place and was close to surprising Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan, who in the end played the victory, in the approach to the sprint. And last Friday, the Giant of Verbania (1.93 m. and 83 kg) once again demonstrated his good skills for climbing, as he did with his victory in the mountains in the 2020 Giro d’Italia, with a second place in Alto del Colorado which should also give him the podium overall. However, today it was learned that the reward obtained by Pippo will not have consequences in the world ranking.

The Italian, in a moment of confusion during the stage, the result of effort, He leaned his forearms on the handlebars of his bicycle, a position prohibited by the International Cycling Union. As a sanction, Ganna will have to pay a fine of 500 Swiss francs and will lose 15 UCI points. which he added with his second place in the stage. “After yesterday’s stage (for Friday), the UCI let me know that I had rolled in an illegal position resting my forearms on the handlebars. During that point in the race I was really pushing to the limit and I momentarily lost my concentration. I accept the sanction dictated by the UCI Commissioner, and as always I respect that we must all abide by the UCI regulations”, expressed the Italian in a statement issued through his social networks.

Statement from the Technical Jury of the Vuelta a San Juan: sanction to Ganna.


Statement from the Technical Jury of the Vuelta a San Juan: sanction to Ganna.

A manifest irregularity, intentional or not, that contrasts with other situations that have been seen this week in the Argentine round and that, in a very clear way, endangered the integrity of the riders. The clearest example took place in the first stage, with a most dangerous mass sprint approach. The islets that divided the road were not well signposted, so several of the favorites were affected and could not dispute the finish. the angry Evenepoel complaints to the race director they had an effect in that aspect the rest of the days, but not in others such as people crossing the road in full race or loose dogs that could have caused a misfortune. Fortunately, there was nothing to regret.

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