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Norway’s Kristoff escapes sanctions. Race organisers will not be taking action against and of the Paris-Roubaix riders following their race against a TGV, Sunday. The professional cyclist participants in the Northern France competition, which included Norwegian Alexander Kristoff, were seconds from being hit by the train. They raced across a railway crossing despite the barriers being down.

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Norway’s Kristoff escapes sanctions

Published on Monday, 13th April, 2015 at 07:20 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

Race organisers will not be taking action against and of the Paris-Roubaix riders following their race against a TGV, Sunday.

Alexander Kristoff (2009)
Alexander Kristoff (2009)
Photo: Jarvin/Wikimedia Commons


The professional cyclist participants in the Northern France competition, which included Norwegian Alexander Kristoff, were seconds from being hit by the train.

They raced across a railway crossing despite the barriers being down.

“I saw that the train was a way off,” Kristoff told Norwegian broadcaster NRK afterwards.

One rider from the Belgian Lotto team was clipped by the barrier. A police motorcyclist stopped the remaining competitors from attempting to cross.

“You could see riders nip across but that train wasn’t slowing down” said BBC sport commentator Rob Hayles.

Governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) stipulates that commissaries should disqualify riders as crossing when the barriers are down contravenes the rules

Yesterday’s race director, Thierry Gouvenou, later confirmed that none of the riders who committed the act would be sanctioned.

The 254 km race runs from Compiègne, located 50 miles outside Paris and to the northern town of Roubaix. 

German cyclist John Degenkolb won the race with a time of 5:49.51. Belgium’s Zdeněk Štybar was second (:00), Greg Van Avermaet, riding for the US, came third (:00).

A similar rail incident occurred in Roubaix when Leif Hoste, Peter van Petegem, and Vladimir Gusev were disqualified.

(Watch the video here).



Published on Monday, 13th April, 2015 at 07:20 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: cycling, paris, roubaix, train.





  
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