BMC awarded vic­tory af­ter Mo­vis­tar pe­nalised

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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