The Dutchman Jan-Willem van Schip (Beat Cycling) is not allowed to start tomorrow in the Baloise Belgium Tour. His distinctive steering wheel was approved for the ride this morning. But from Aigle, the UCI whistled back that decision.
The Dutchman Jan-Willem van Schip brightened up the 3rd stage in the Baloise Belgium Tour today by jumping along with the flight of the day.
As a result, his striking steering wheel also came into view. Van Schip is a maniac when it comes to aerodynamics. His latest handlebar “ABB” (“Aero Breakaway Bar) is proof of this: the self-designed handlebars support the entire forearm.
That did not go down well in the peloton. “Supporting your forearms on your handlebars is no longer allowed by the UCI. But this is allowed?” Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) wondered.
Tonight the UCI decided from Aigle that Van Schip has to leave the Baloise Belgium Tour because of his special handlebars.
“The steering wheel was approved this morning”
The organizer of the Baloise Belgium Tour is astonished by the state of affairs. “This morning before the ride, Van Schip’s steering wheel was approved by a UCI commissioner,” says Christophe Impens of Golazo.
“But from Aigle, the UCI rejected that wheel based on the TV images.”
“As an organizer, we are sorry that we lose Van Schip from our race. He is a colorful figure. But if the UCI decides that his handlebars are not legal, then we have to follow that decision.”
The special steering wheel of Jan-Willem van Schip
Not all colleagues were pleased
Van Schip’s team reacts “with great surprise”