Angry Gesink gets out to UCI: “It wasn’t dangerous enough yet

“It was a big drama”, is how Robert Gesink describes the first stage of the Tour de France, which was marked by many crashes. “Only the UCI (International Cycling Union, ed.) didn’t think it was dangerous and spectacular enough.”

The rain as well as oil on the asphalt in the descent of the Côte de Rimiez, which the riders crossed twice, caused a lot of riders to go against the asphalt around the starting point Nice.

Gesink thinks the UCI is at fault. “We’ve seen enough dangerous moments lately”, referring to the heavy crashes earlier this month of Fabio Jakobsen and Remco Evenepoel. As far as Gesink is concerned the cycling union in Nice should have intervened.

“This was also a chance for the UCI to win, so that we as riders could say once that the UCI had done well.”

Gesinks Jumbo-Visma was fed up after yet another crash and on his own initiative urged the peloton to rest for the final descent. “The peloton was united”, according to 34-year-old Gesink.

“Everyone thought it was too dangerous. If we hadn’t driven so quietly on the last descent, we would have gone over the walls with twenty men. On day one of the Tour together, that would have been a bit of a pity.”

With others Miguel Ángel López and George Bennett went down in the first stage:

According to Gesink, Jumbo-Visma had even asked the UCI to neutralize the race during the stage. “So the classification riders could stay away from the sprint, but on that request they said no.”

Only the last three kilometers were neutralized. “Yet there was a crash. We stopped pedalling, but half of the riders apparently weren’t informed and kept on riding. I think it’s really ridiculous. In my opinion this last crash can be credited to the UCI.”

Dumoulin mild for jury

Welcome the Jumbo-Visma-rider had something to complain about the behaviour of the Astana-riders, who did not keep the agreement to take it easy. For that they were also presented with the bill, because not much later headman Miguel Ángel López slipped against a traffic sign. “Good for them, you just don’t get it.”

View here the summary of the first stage: