Paris-Roubaix: Joshua Tarling excluded from the race for hanging on to a car

His first Paris-Roubaix ended prematurely. Joshua Tarling was excluded from the Hell of the North 122 km from the finish for using his team’s car, Ineos Grenadier, to get back into the peloton. The 20-year-old Briton would have held on to a bottle handed out by his team for too long while going up to the left of the road, allowing him to gain time and rejoin the leading group more quickly.

An action immediately spotted by the UCI commissioners. Disqualified in the process, this great hope of world cycling did not hide his dissatisfaction by asking the television cameras to no longer film him.

Tarling left the leading group during the cobbled sector 24 of Capelle following a mechanical problem which forced him to change bikes. He then tried to catch up, but in a prohibited manner according to the race officials.

A track specialist, Joshua Tarling is also at ease in the time trial, a discipline in which he is European and British champion. Last summer, Ineos-Grenadier also sensed a good deal by securing his services for three seasons. After his 17th place at the Tour of Flanders last week, he participated for the first time in his young career at Paris-Roubaix.


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