BMC awarded victory after Movistar penalised
LA MOLINA: Tour of Catalonia officials docked the entire Movistar team at least one minute yesterday when reviewing incidents from Tuesday’s controversial team time trial.
BMC are now the official winner of Tuesday’s stage and Ben Hermans its overall leader, instead of Movistar and Alejandro Valverde, who topped the overall standings overnight.
Valverde is now down in 16th place some 58 seconds adrift of Hermans and 14 seconds behind Chris Froome of Team Sky.
Movistar stunned their rivals on Tuesday by winning the tricky 41km time trial where all team members have to stick together, beating BMC and leaving key rivals Froome and Geraint Thomas of Team Sky trailing.
But Tuesday’s original stage winner Jose Joaquín Rojas was given a three minute penalty for pushing struggling teammates Andrey Amador and Nelson Oliveira.
Feeling the sanction was too light BMC complained to race organisers that the offence warranted expulsion and on review Rojas’s penalty was upheld and the rest of team Movistar were hit with a 60 second penalty. AFP