„BEAT Cycling has learned with great surprise that the disqualification is based on the AAB wheel of Jan-Willem, which according to the UCI would not be allowed. We cannot post this,” the team said in a statement.
“Since the launch of the handlebars, we have been in consultation with the UCI about this. At no point did the cycling union inform us that the steering wheel would not be allowed. The UCI has also seen no need to accept the developer’s offer to further investigate the admissibility. On the morning before the start of the third stage, we discussed our intentions to ride with the wheel with the UCI commissioner on site. Here we got the green light to start with the steering wheel. The UCI has not made any reservations about this. BEAT believes that the disqualification is unjustified and that Jan-Willem suffers a great deal.”
Van Schip was part of a leading group on Friday, but was caught up with his fellow refugees in time by the peloton, after which sprinter Caleb Ewan took the stage victory. Van Schip eventually finished 35th.
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