Jake Stewart cannot participate in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. The Groupama-FDJ rider suffered a fracture in his left hand in the French one-day race Cholet-Pays de la Loire last Sunday due to the now much-discussed push of Nacer Bouhanni.
The 21-year-old Stewart was caught in the bunch sprint by Bouhanni and threatened to end up in the crush barriers. The Briton stayed on his bike with great difficulty and thus escaped a serious crash, but research has shown that he did not come out of the battle unscathed.
After the race, Stewart expressed his frustrations on Twitter and posted a video of the incident. “Yo Bouhanni, I would like to ask you what you thought here. But you clearly have no brain cells. The ironic thing is that after the finish you told me I had no respect. Here’s an educational video about what ‘no respect’ looks like . ”
Bouhanni did apologize on Monday, but there is a good chance that he will be suspended for his dangerous action. The international cycling union UCI has asked its own disciplinary committee to investigate the matter.
Bouhanni’s push resembled last summer’s incident with Dylan Groenewegen and Fabio Jakobsen. During a bunch sprint in the Tour of Poland. Jakobsen ended up in the crush barriers at the hands of Groenewegen and was seriously injured.
Stewart was spared such injuries, but is on the sidelines for the time being. The cycling talent would participate in the Tour of Flanders for the second time. Earlier this year he won the youth classification in the Ster van Bessèges.
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