Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal) and other riders pointed out the dangers of the last kilometers of the third stage of the Tour and wanted the last 5 kilometers to be neutralized.Former world champion and yellow jersey, Gilbert expressed his frustration with the UCI, which did not neutralize the last 5 kilometers of the third stage despite the concerns expressed by the teams and the Associated Professional Cyclists (CPA).
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In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Gilbert highlighted the dangers of the final kilometers of the race to Pontivy which saw several falls, including Gilbert’s teammate Caleb Ewan who broke his collarbone.
A bad day for cycling… Today we saw a very tumultuous final of the 3rd stage of the Tour with my teammate @CalebEwan as one of the main victims. Was it too dangerous? My take on the matter https://t.co/UNu85UjoYrJune 28, 2021
The Belgian star has expressed his frustration with the UCI and the other teams after the two reviewed the course and raised no issues with ASO.
Gilbert said if more teams had raised the issue of the route design during reconnaissance before the start of the race, ASO would have changed it. However, he said all crashes except the last two could have been avoided, including the crash that saw Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) give up, as well as the crash in Ewan if the road was safer. . He said he had not seen the falls of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) but described them as racing incidents and not ASO’s fault.
Speaking in his video, Gilbert said: “There were even discussions yesterday between the CPA with representatives of each team and Pascal Chanteaur who is the CPA representative on the Tour and the riders had proposed to shift the time recording 5 km from the finish.
“Why 5km from the finish? Well, quite simply because we had analyzed the course and we realized that the final was extremely dangerous. And to avoid nervousness, we had proposed the neutralization of the 5km time which would have avoided all risks. -take in this nervous section and on roads far from perfect.
“So ASO accepted but the UCI commissaires did not accept the request. She was initially rejected this morning. It is a pity that the commissioners did not take our request into account. “
The CPA then tweeted a full thread statement about how they felt about the scene after receiving backlash over a previous Initial Reaction Tweet after Step Three.
Following the accidents at stage 3 of the ToT, the CPA discussed with the riders how they want to proceed to show their dissatisfaction with the safety measures and demand that their concerns be taken care of. seriously. The runners accepted this statement. https://t.co/qbQbjjSfpzJune 29, 2021
The fourth stage should be a much simpler approach from the line to Fourgères for another sprint stage, but Gilbert’s Lotto-Soudal won’t have a better sprinter to work on.