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    What are the rules about blocking interfering with other riders?

    I am pretty new to this so maybe it's a dumb question. I noticed that when Cavendish was sprinting the finish today, his leadout man dropped the power after his sprint and basically made himself into a wall for anyone trying to come up on the left side.

    What are the rules about blocking and interfering with other riders? I assume that for example, you would get in trouble for having 3 riders in the middle of the pack grab the brakes and force a split somewher. But it's a slippery slope between that and getting tired and slowing down. Has any team ever been caught or suspected of intentionally crashing as a planned strategy?

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    Look at the replay from the overhead camera. He came nowhere near interfering with anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Look at the replay from the overhead camera. He came nowhere near interfering with anyone.
    So the OP's example was wrong, but what about his question? Thanks

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    The rules are found here. they are first in French, and then again in English.

    Article 7 > Race offences
    Slipstreaming or being pulled along by a
    motor vehicle, whether from the front, back
    or side as well as any grasping- hold of the
    bicycle or vehicle is forbidden under all
    circumstances.
    The race stewards may exclude any competitor
    caught hanging on to a moving
    vehicle, notwithstanding the fine or suspension
    incurred.
    Voluntary obstruction and unauthorised
    manoeuvres are forbidden and will be penalised.
    To ensure that sprints proceed according to
    regulations, riders who deviate from the line
    they have chosen will be subject to the penalties
    provided for in the table of penalties.


    Article 26 > Penalties
    The table of penalties in the regulations
    of the UCI rules, is applied in all cases. All
    sanctions and penalties count in the general
    rankings.

    They may, depending on their severity, and
    after a decision is taken by the stewards
    committee, also apply to the individual
    stage rankings.
    Last edited by USAZorro; 07-09-10 at 02:48 PM.
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