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Luke Rowe "gutted" at Tour of Flanders disqualification (+ video)

Team Sky rider ejected from race after taking to bike path and weaving through spectators

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe has said he is “gutted” at his disqualification from the Tour of Flanders today when he rode on along a bike path with around 56 kilometres remaining of the race, saying he was forced to do so to avoid crashing.

The Welsh rider, who returned to racing last month after breaking his leg in more than 20 places in August, was ordered out of today’s race by commissaires after taking to the cycle path where he had to weave through spectators before rejoining the road.

The Tour of Flanders confirmed on Twitter that he Rowe had been told to depart the race, with Team Sky saying on the same social network that it “looked like he got caught out by spectators while trying to move up ahead of the Kwaremont.”

Rowe posted a statement to Twitter following the race, which was won by Niki Terpstra of Quick Step Floors.

With the race jury having warned riders beforehand to stay off roadside bike paths, some had little sympathy for him, however.

 

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alansmurphy | 5 years ago
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"Those who disagree with that, please use you brain cells !"

Well the genius of this is quite brilliant.

Furthermore, it is strange that you think your opinion is any more valid than anyone else's but hey at least you use you brain cells...

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Krazyfrenchkanuck | 5 years ago
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2 important points.
1- he was most certainly not disqualified because he rode on the cyclepath but because he endangered the security of spectators on the cyclepath. He could have done exactly what the other cyclist did in the same segment of the video i.e. slow down and get back on the road much sooner without endangering the security of spectators.
Those who disagree with that, please use you brain cells !
2- Team Sky will probably​ be held on a tight leash. Nothing will be done that could give the impression that they can bend the rules and get away with it. Under the actual circumstances, it's quite normal.

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alansmurphy | 5 years ago
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The rules are either black and white or not. If the rule is don't go beyond or on a cycle path then BTBS has a point.

I'd imagine the rules are about gaining an advantage and/or endangering. He didn't gain an advantage, scrubbed his speed and the danger was poor spectating as opposed to poor riding...

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captain_slog | 5 years ago
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I think this is fair enough. It's not to do with whether he gained, or at least didn't lose, any time due to the route he took. Rather it's more about discouraging riders from slaloming through the crowd if they're unlucky enough, regardless of whose fault it is, to get into such a situation.

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Awavey replied to captain_slog | 5 years ago
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captain_slog wrote:

I think this is fair enough. It's not to do with whether he gained, or at least didn't lose, any time due to the route he took. Rather it's more about discouraging riders from slaloming through the crowd if they're unlucky enough, regardless of whose fault it is, to get into such a situation.

 

agreed, doesnt matter how many examples BTBS posts of people riding beyond a white line on a road, I dont think thats the point of the rule/dsq the race organisers invoked. Rowes off course adventure is still the only example so far shown, that involves riding through a crowd of people, and being somewhat fortunate to come out the other side not having had a pedestrian step back in his way, which could have got very messy for all concerned

its unfortunate, a split second decision to go right instead of drop back off to keep left behind the main group, but I dont look at that video and think theres been a great unjustice involved with it.

 

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alansmurphy | 5 years ago
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Even F1 have this rule right, where did Rowe gain an advantage from this. Was it Milan San Remo where about 30 riders 'cheated' by using one but weren't disqualified at there were too many.

Complete logic fail!

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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And finally just before he decides not to crash into the street furniture.

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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A couple of seconds further on, Rowe is highlighted with the Red dot (I think it's him) other riders off the supposed line still for no reason.

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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And again 9now only 10 seconds from Rowe's incident)

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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And again ...

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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and again cutting the corner on the bike lane.

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tigersnapper | 5 years ago
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If you're going to apply the rules you've got to be even handed.  After the big crash a bit earlier Eurosport showed one of the Confidis riders and one of the potential contenders (can't remember who) slipstreaming the Confidis team car for quite some way whilst trying to get back to the peloton.

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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So, here you go. shots in the couple of minutes leading up to Rowe's DQ. In fact not a few seconds before there are riders on the same strip for absolutely no reason whatsoever, look at where he is positioned, where the street furniture is and he cannot get through the gap unless he goes into another rider.

The crowds are now apparently allowed to be on the main part of the lane  before the cycle lane which was not the case before.

Double standards are ridiculous.

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Yorkshire wallet | 5 years ago
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He gained nothing from it so why the DQ?

Cycling penalties don't seem very imaginative. It's do nothing or DQ. 

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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So when Cav crashes it's hard lines despite the fact he had a good long sight of the central bollard/kerb and only reason he went that way was to follow a couple of other riders, Luke Rowe avoids crashing into street furniture and he's a cheat and DQ'd.

Here you go, roughly halfway, 5 riders (plus a couple more who were just out of shot rejoining from taking the shortcut) and at speed and not DQd. There's plenty more.

 

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Grahamd | 5 years ago
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Race commissionaires using a Rowe as a scapegoat for their lack of crowd control.

 

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CXR94Di2 | 5 years ago
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Probably a bit harsh, but the organisers are trying to bring riders back into racing up the road instead of taking smoother paths and gulleys.  An example disqualification but essential .

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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So if the speccies weren't encroaching and had actually being standing on the bike path/footway Rowe would have being fine and he wouldn't have had to swing around/through to rejoin. There's some road furniture in the way which he either swings in towards another rider possibly causing a crash or smashes into the furniture as the other option.

Given this is to avoid an incident I think it's rather harsh, to suggest he'd have cut the corner is simply ridiculous.

Last year Rowe was one of a few actually on the cobbles instead of cheating and riding off them, those cheating far more are given a much easier time of it.

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Altimis | 5 years ago
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Serves him right.

He was clearly want to play cheap by cut inside instead of pull off.

If there no spectators, he probably go beyond it by cut inside corner.

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Redvee | 5 years ago
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Was watching this in work on my phone via Eurosport player and when the DQ was announced Carlton or Matt said the spectators had encroached onto the road, if they hadn't Luke would have been able to stay on the road and not ride through the crowd.

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john1967 | 5 years ago
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disqualified for that??  There wernt even any barriers seperating the crowd,what a joke. Come on cycling get your act together. How about stop go penaltys??

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don simon fbpe replied to john1967 | 5 years ago
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john1967 wrote:

disqualified for that??  There wernt even any barriers seperating the crowd,what a joke. Come on cycling get your act together. How about stop go penaltys??

Yeah! C'mon, this is Team fucking SKY!!!!

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Leviathan replied to don simon fbpe | 5 years ago
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don simon wrote:
john1967 wrote:

disqualified for that??  There wernt even any barriers seperating the crowd,what a joke. Come on cycling get your act together. How about stop go penaltys??

Yeah! C'mon, this is Team fucking SKY!!!!

So are you saying this is unfair punishment of our glorious British team, or karmic revenge for past misdeeds by a bunch of cheating toerags?

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cdamian | 5 years ago
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Rules? I'm from Team Sky! Marginal gains!

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wycombewheeler | 5 years ago
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Looking at the footage seemed like the was enough time and room to stay on the right side. And woukd have lost less time.

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