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Criticism of Bouhanni after push in sprint: ‘You clearly have no brain cells’ | NOW

Nacer Bouhanni showed his bad side in the one-day race Cholet-Pays de la Loire on Sunday. The Arkéa Samsic rider drove Brit Jake Stewart stuck against the crush barriers in the bunch sprint. Stewart could barely stay on his bike and escaped a serious crash.

“Yo Bouhanni, I would like to ask you what you thought here,” Stewart writes Twitter with a video of the incident. “But you obviously don’t have any brain cells. The ironic thing is you told me after the finish that I had ‘no respect’. Here’s an educational video about what ‘no respect’ looks like.”

Bouhanni initially sprinted to third place in Cholet, but the jury decided to remove the three-time stage winner in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España from the result after studying the television images.

Bouhanni’s action was very similar to the push that Dylan Groenewegen gave to Fabio Jakobsen last summer in the Tour of Poland, who, unlike Stewart, was seriously injured. Following the crash of Jakobsen, cycling union UCI announced measures to make races safer and Groenewegen was suspended for nine months.

It is not the first time that Bouhanni has been discredited. He has already dealt a few times a blow in the race. His Arkéa Samsic team reported nothing about possible sanctions after the incident in Cholet-Pays de la Loire. The UCI could still take steps against Bouhanni.

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The victory in the French one-day race went to the Italian Elia Viviani, who finally booked his first victory in the service of Cofidis. The Italian’s last victory dates from September 2019, when he was still driving for Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

For the app users: watch the dangerous push of Nacer Bouhanni here.

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