Cycling boss spits dummy over 'outrageous' role of motorbikes

Motorcycles used by TV crews are providing too much slipstream in pushbike races

Cycling boss spits dummy over 'outrageous' role of motorbikes

Cycling boss Patrick Lefevre spat his dummy on Sunday as he believes motorbikes used by TV and medical crews are having too much of an effect on races.

Lefevre, who runs the Quick-Step Floors team, didn't get a podium at Sunday's Amstel Dutch Classic because, he says, his riders had to work harder than necessary to chase down breakaway riders who were using the motorcycles' slipstream.

“I do not want to be a bad loser, but the role of the bikes in the race is outrageous,” Lefevere told La Dernière Heure.

“This applies to races elsewhere other than this Amstel. While Pieter Serry was giving maximum effort at the front of the group of favourites, the breakaway continued to gain ground because of the slipstream of the motorbikes. It is the motorbikes who decide the race.”

And he his going to write a stern letter to the sport's governing body about it too. So there.