The organization of the Tour of Belgium has put Jan-Willem van Schip off course.
The custom-made handlebar with which the Dutchman rode the third stage on Friday does not comply with the new rules of the international cycling union UCI.
At the insistence of the UCI, the organization therefore decided to expel Van Schip from the Tour of Belgium.
The team of the Dutch rider, Beat, does not just accept that.
"We remain combative, just like Jan-Willem during the race. The chance is small, but we are doing everything we can to get Jan-Willem back on the starting list. Until then, #FreeJanWillem", the team reports on Twitter.
According to Beat, Van Schip had his striking handlebars inspected by the jury prior to the third stage.
He gave the Dutchman permission to ride with the so-called ABB handlebars with extended brackets, on which a rider can place his entire forearms in order to adopt a more aerodynamic position.
Van Schip was in front of a leading group for a large part of the stage.
Via Twitter, some riders called on the UCI to take action because, according to them, the handlebars do not comply with the rules.
The Tour of Belgium ends on Sunday.
Van Schip took the lead in the classification of the most combative rider.
En el #BaloiseBelgiumTour tenemos a Jan Willem Van Schip en la fugue de la jornada🔥El holandés que es un habitual del calendario centroeuropeo hoy corre con este manillar.
Veremos cuanto tarda la UCI and prohibírselo🙃 #ciclismo
Author chiodi17Moment of places13: 47 - June 11, 2021