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The UCI jury at the Giro d’Italia expelled Team BikeExchange director Gene Bates from the race after Bates rammed Belgian rider Pieter Serry with the team car during Thursday’s rainy stage 6.
The incident happened with 12km remaining in Thursday’s stage. Overhead cameras caught sight of Serry drifting back from the diminished peloton at the base of the stage’s final climb to San Giacomo, and just as the Belgian rider drifted back, the BikeExchange car sped up and struck Sierry from behind, knocking him off of his bicycle.
— Justin Britton (@Justin_Britton) May 13, 2021
Cameras caught sight of a BikeExchange team staffer rushing over to help Serry get separated from his bicycle. Serry then gestured angrily at the BikeExchange car. He was able to remount a new bicycle and finish the stage, finishing 14:37 behind winner Gino Mäder.
After the stage the UCI jury elected to eject Bates from the race — Bates was driving the BikeExchange car at the time of the impact. The jury also levied a 2,000 CHF fine on team director Matt White, and the BikeExchange team car was relegated to the last position in the convoy for Friday’s stage 7.
Impressed by all your messages of support. I’m feeling okay and was able to finish the stage today. Thank you to @GreenEDGEteam for the apologies 🤝. I’m happy to continue this @giroditalia with our strong #WolfPack! 💪 pic.twitter.com/fiG4HwhzgM
— Pieter Serry (@Pieter_Serry) May 13, 2021
After the stage Serry and the BikeExchange team released short statements online. The squad said that Bates had verbally apologized to Serry and the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team.
Serry said he was OK after the crash and thanked BikeExchange for the apology.
The race continues on Friday with a hilly 181km stage from Notaresco to Termoli.
We're all happy to see that Pieter was able to finish the stage.
— Team BikeExchange-Jayco (@GreenEDGEteam) May 13, 2021