A Tour of Britain rider has been fined more than £ 700 after the mayor of St Ives produced a photo of him urinating in public.
Alpecin-Fenix runner Alexander Richardson was fined by race marshals after a photo of him urinating in public appeared on social media after the first day of the race. British stage race.
British pro Richardson, who previously raced for the Canyon-DHB Continental team, was fined 1,000 Swiss francs (around £ 790) and was eliminated 50 points from the UCI rankings for “improper driving”.
A statement released by race organizers said: “A complaint was received from the mayor of St Ives, who produced a photo of runner Alexander Richardson urinating in public, which then ended up on multiple networks social.
“This is unacceptable behavior.”
The first stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain started in Penzance, Cornwall, and swept the coast through the picturesque town of St Ives, before moving up the country to finish in Bodmin.
Richardson is playing his second season at ProTeam level with Alpecin and has raced many one-day events with the Belgian team
But it’s not the first time Richardson has had trouble with the Stewards this season.
In April, the 31-year-old became the second person to be disqualified from a race for an illegal cockpit after the UCI banned the forearm time trial post.
Richardson was filmed during the Tour of Turkey using his forearms on the handlebars to support his weight, while gripping his brake levers with his little fingers.
On April 1, the UCI introduced strict penalties for anyone in a number of unconventional driving positions, including “supertuck” and forearms on bars, for safety reasons.
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Richardson was only the second person to be disqualified from a race for the infraction, after Jumbo-Visma’s Gijs Leemreize was sent off from Brabantse Pijl hours later.
While Richardson was filmed in an illegal position before Leemreize’s offense, the Dutchman was immediately sent off from Brabantse Pijl, while Richardson was only disqualified from the Tour of Turkey after completing the stage.