Jan-Willem van Schip was disqualified from the race in the Baloise Belgium Tour for the handlebar he used in a way contrary to the rules. The UCI allowed the use of the handlebar before the race and therefore Beat Cycling considers that such a decision is unfair and that there was no reason for the decision which in their opinion is irregular "Beat Cycling has learned with great surprise of the disqualification of Jan-Willem van Schip in the Baloise Belgium Tour after the third stage," the team wrote in a statement on social media, as quoted by cyclingnews "The disqualification is based on the ABB handlebar that Jan-Willem used during the stage and which, according to the UCI statement, are allowed.
Beat Cycling is furious at the UCI precisely because they never said such a thing was not allowed "We do not understand this decision. Since the launch of the ABB handlebar, we have been discussing this with UCI. Never the UCI informed us that the handlebar would not be allowed."
"The UCI has also seen no need to accept the offer of the developer of the ABB handlebar to further investigate the admissibility.
Communication before the race
Even before the race, they talked to each other and there were no problems or indications that such outcomes could occur.
"On the morning before the start of the third stage, we even discussed our intentions to ride with the handlebar with the UCI commissaire on site." "Here we got the green light to start with the ABB. The UCI has not made any reservations about this.
Beat believes that the disqualification is unjustified and that Jan-Willem van Schip is seriously affected." Christophe Impens, managing director of the Baloise Belgium Tour's is aware that there were no problems before the race, but that after checking the footage the UCI decided to change the decision "This morning before the stage, Van Schip's handlebars were still approved by a UCI commissioner," he said.
"But from Aigle, the UCI has rejected that handlebar based on the TV footage. "We do not understand this decision. Since the launch of the ABB handlebar, we have been discussing this with UCI. Never the UCI informed us that the handlebar would not be allowed."
Impens, just like most cycling fans, is not happy that he won't watch Van Schip anymore, but the rules are such that in the end, everyone has to respect them. "As an organizer, we are sorry to lose Van Schip from our race.
He is a colorful figure. But if the UCI decides that his handlebars are not regulation, then we have to follow that decision."