Robert Gesink of Jumbo-Visma criticized the UCI for not intervening in the wet and dangerous first stage of the Tour de France in Nice on Saturday, with a large number of riders crashing, and Rafael Valls of Bahrain McLaren was finding himself with a broken femur and John Degenkolb of Lotto Soudal also out of the race after finishing out of time following a fall.“Apparently it was not dangerous and spectacular enough for the UCI. In my opinion, the latest crash is their responsibility, ”Gesink told the Dutch channel. WE, according to the cycling website Flash bike Saturday evening.
A request from the riders for the UCI commissaires to intervene was apparently refused, and instead Tony Martin, Jumbo-Visma teammate from Gesink, coordinated a neutralization of the rider-led stage, with the agreement of the other teams. , from the top of the second descent of the Côte de Rimiez to 25 km from the end, when the race resumed and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage to take the first yellow jersey of the Tour.“It was really ridiculous,” Gesink continued of the dangerous conditions. “And then the UCI simply gave up. We have seen enough dangerous moments in recent weeks. It was an opportunity for the UCI to do something good through us. We can make it as hard as we want for another 20 days, but they still won’t do anything.
“All the other riders in the peloton thought it was good in the end. They thought it was too dangerous, ”added the 34-year-old Dutch driver of the decision to back down on wet descents until their return. on flatter roads, although there was yet another crash approaching the stage finish on the Promenade des Anglais, where Valls and French favorite Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) crashed .
“It would have been a shame if everyone was already riding in bandages after a day,” said Gesink, adding that it was vital that the final descent be done at a slower speed. “There was oil everywhere, and it was really slippery. If we hadn’t neutralized everything there, 20 runners would have flown over the wall, so I’d like to pat the runners on the back. “