But penalties are the least of Saeco’s worries
Saeco team riders were all handed a 200 Swiss francs ($146.3) fine by Tour de France organisers for sporting white jerseys with a publicity slogan instead of their regular red team kits in Saturday’s stage to Morzine.
The Italian team wanted to use a new carbon-aluminum Cannondale for the mountains that weighs in at 6.6 kilograms, 200 grams lighter than the UCI minimum of 6.8kg. The UCI imposed the minimum standard three years ago for what the governing body says were safety reasons.
To protest at the limitation, Saeco riders sported jerseys asking UCI to “legalize my Cannondale.”
Saeco has repeatedly been fined in the past for wearing unauthorized jerseys to attract media interest, especially when their team leader was current world champion Mario Cipollini.
The fines though will worry the team less than the dreadful performance of team leader Gilberto Simoni, who finished 10 minutes and 21 seconds off the pace in Saturday’s seventh stage, riding a bike that met the UCI’s 6.8 kg standard.