The Tour of the Basque Country might be one of Jens Voigt’s favorite races of the year, but he received a hefty fine in Friday’s penultimate stage.
The popular veteran was fined 1,000CHF ($1,090) and had a report sent to the UCI for “comportamiento incorrecto” against the UCI, according to the post-stage jury rulings issued after Friday’s tough stage.
According to RadioShack-Nissan-Trek officials, Voigt insulted the race jury after being fined for signing in late in the pre-stage sign-in protocol. It’s not clear exactly what the 40-year-old said, but the race jury obviously didn’t like it.
Voigt later rode into the day’s early breakaway in what was a wild,high-speed ride across the steep hills of Spain’s Basque Country.
There was no immediate reaction from Voigt. On his Twitter page, he has chronicled his challenges throughout the six-day Basque tour,calling it a “CBT” (character-building tour) due to the cold, rain and difficult racing conditions all week.
RadioShack-Nissan-Trek’s Chris Horner, meanwhile, ceded 23 seconds inFriday’s stage and will start Saturday’s decisive final time trial in 10th place at 44 seconds behind race-leader Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and 35 seconds behind second-place Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi).
“It was ugly all day,” Horner said on the team’s web site aboutFriday’s stage. “That’s really what the World Tour races are all about, riding full gas like that. All the teams with no results had to try for something today. That’s why it took almost two hours before the break went. And then it got brought back early and another one went. Crazy stage, really hard. I think I suffered more than any other race I’ve done in a long time.”
Check back later today at VeloNews.com for a report on the 18.9km individual time trial at Oñati.