L’Equipe.fr reports that FDJ has forced one of its riders, David Boucher, to abandon the Eneco Tour on Wednesday after he disobeyed team orders and went in the breakaway on stage 3. Boucher was recently told by the team that his contract would not be renewed for the 2016 season after five seasons with the FDJ program.
Boucher spoke of the forced abandonment as punishment on Twitter and seemed upset and shocked by the news. He did, however, take time to thank the fans and fellow riders for cheering for him and supporting him.
The FDJ team came to the Eneco Tour in support of its sprinter, Arnaud Démare, who claimed second on Wednesday to stage winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick-Step). Boucher has no wins as a pro, but he has proven himself as a domestique. His best result this year is seventh in the Belgian national time trial championships.