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The script was torn up on Tuesday at the Giro d’Italia, as an innocuous flat stage turned into a major loss for GC favorite Richie Porte (Sky). He flatted just outside of five kilometers to go, which was bad, but then he was aided by Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), which was worse — the UCI race jury decided to throw the book at the two Australians, docking each two minutes in the overall.
Current and former pro cyclists, team directors, journalists, and others quickly took to Twitter to sound off on the jury’s decision. Here are a few soundbites from the day.
If that’s not Aussie mate ship them what is? Punctured and clarkey gave me his front wheel… https://t.co/bu9tf3AhX4
— Richie Porte (@richie_porte) May 19, 2015
— Koen de Kort (@koendekort) May 19, 2015
— Lawson Craddock (@lawsoncraddock) May 19, 2015
I hope this is fine is a belated Aprils fools joke???
— Tom Dumoulin (@tom_dumoulin) May 19, 2015
Translation: “Fairplay is now punished, outrageous is that #Giro”
— Chris Horner (@hornerakg) May 19, 2015
Shame @UCI_cycling continue to show how incredibly out of touch they are with the modern peloton. Stupid is as stupid does.
— David Millar (@millarmind) May 19, 2015
@EuroHoody think Porte is still going to buy Clarke a beer?
— Craig Lewis (@craiglewis85) May 19, 2015
What a horrible penalty for @richie_porte. Is it really necessary to punish him that hard? And destroy his overal classification?
— Johnny Hoogerland (@zeeuwseleeuw) May 19, 2015
What’s not fairplay about helping to make sure @giroditalia is decided by strength, not by bad luck?
— Stef (@Stefclement) May 19, 2015
How do you say “bullshit” in Italian?
— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) May 19, 2015
Amazing how something like holding onto cars can just fly under the radar, but then they enforce this?
— Joe Dombrowski (@JoeDombro) May 19, 2015
And I think the fact that every rider I’ve seen react to ruling feels that it’s too harsh speaks volumes. It’s their battlefield, after all.
— Neal Rogers (@nealrogers) May 19, 2015
Il était où le jury des commissaires quand les organisateurs n’ont pas signalé ces poteaux? pic.twitter.com/RsQyh9nBG2
— Samuel DUMOULIN (@SamuelDumoulin) May 19, 2015
Translation: “Where was the race jury when the organizers did not report these poles?” Dumoulin is referring to a dangerous finish in Vuelta al Pais Vasco that left BMC’s Peter Stetina seriously injured.
Feeling sad for @richie_porte. Tried to help a friend as most would. I’m sorry about the outcome of all this!
— Simon Clarke (@SimoClarke) May 19, 2015