Security by Telegram

The peloton expresses its opinions to the Cycling Association through their mobiles. The brokers submit their complaints and the secretary filters them.


In times of coronavirus, technology is essential. Luke Rowe (Ineos), Tejay van Garderen (Education First), Tony Martin (Jumbo), Matteo Trentin (CCC), Jasper de Buyst (Lotto Soudal), Oliver Naesen (Ag2r), Daniel Oss (Bora), the delegate of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA) in the Tour, Pascal Chanteur, its president, Gianni Bugno, and the general secretary, Laura Mora, make up a Telegram chat, as AS and CyclingNews learned, to share all the questions related to the safety of the race, as in other World Tour categories or especially delicate after the resumption of the competition due to the pandemic. Brokers submit their complaints and the secretary filters them.

For starters, Trentin finds it "better to decide and communicate issues through a group with several representatives from different teams than not to follow the directions of a single pattern." According to the Italian, what happened in the first stage, with a non-aggression pact to reduce the pace between the incessant rain and avoid falls, "should be a normal agreement of the peloton in situations in which physical integrity is at risk".

Naesen pulled Astana's ears on the pages of the Het Nieuwsblad and on the mobiles of his colleagues, which caused that there is no presence of the Kazakh squad on this Telegram channel: "There will always be some fools who speed up when others they fall!". Omar Fraile defended his team at AS: "We didn't want to take advantage, just look for a more comfortable position, and on top of that, Miguel Ángel López crashed into a traffic sign." And at the Sisteron goal, Sam Bennett was again touched for varying his line in the sprint, a maneuver widely criticized by French television commentators. "I was at the limit and I hit a lurch, it was nothing with bad intention. I congratulate Ewan for his deserved victory," argued the Irishman.

The CPA demanded (through an official note) the Tour organization "to take responsibilities to avoid unnecessary risks": "The requirements and suggestions of the cyclists have to be taken care of as the main part of this sport, they are the ones who give show and also those who are exposed. Let us defend their health and their interests. All ". Gianni Bugno finished off with a cliché: "United we will always be stronger" .

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