Deceuninck-QuickStep skip Vuelta a San Juan podium ceremony

Julian Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates Alvaro Hodeg and Remco Evenepoel skipped t

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team decided to skip the podium ceremony after stage 4 of the Vuelta a San Juan on Wednesday in Villa San Agustín, where race leader Julian Alaphilippe, best U23 rider Remco Evenepoel and stage third-place finisher Alvaro Hodeg would normally have accepted their daily prizes. The Belgian team cited fatigue for the decision, with Alaphilippe, Evenepoel and Hodeg ordered to stay at the team vehicles rather than head to the podium after the stage. The riders refused to comment and stayed in their team van as the podium ceremony went on without them. The race organisers later confirmed that the UCI judges had decided to fine Alaphilippe, Evenepoel, Hodeg and directeur sportif Davide Bramati 500 Swiss francs (505 US dollars). Alaphilippe and Hodeg were also penalised 3 UCI points, the points that Alaphillipe earned as race leader on Wednesday. The team said they intend to continue in the ...

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