Alpecin-Fenix started with seven riders the Tour of Turkey, but on Thursday there were only four left.
Sacha Modolo didn’t make it to the finish, Alexander Krieger fell hard in the sprint, but the most striking case is that of Alexandar Richardson who had been disqualified by the UCI race jury.
The disqualification is due to incorrect cycling position, which has been prohibited since April 1.
“The use of the forearms as a support point on the handlebars is prohibited, except in time trials,” the new regulations state.
Among the popular riding positions that were placed on the UCI banned list include the so-called ‘super tuck‘, where the rider squats on the top tube to gain an aero advantage. Draping hands over the brake hoods or resting arms on the handlebars, akin to the time trial position, can also see disqualification.
On Wednesday, Gijs Leemreize of Jumbo-Visma was also disqualified due to a forbidden cycling position in De Brabantse Pijl.
Alexander Richardson was disqualified after yesterday's #TUR2021 stage for using this position.
Assume someone in the higher part of UCI's hierarchy intervened as it happened after official results where published. pic.twitter.com/ucpYroZSKC
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) April 15, 2021