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This article was first published on Cycling Tips .
Marianne Vos was celebrating victory at the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden road race when commissaires made a very late decision to disqualify the Jumbo-Visma rider for breaking the so-called ‘puppy paws’ rule about 13 kilometres from the finish.
The infraction came shortly after the decisive move broke clear from the speeding peloton. With the currently unbeatable Lorena Wiebes in the pack, attacks had been relentless in the late laps of the Swedish one-day race, and Vos was one of those determined to make something stick. She, Pfeiffer Georgi (DSM), Valerie Demey (Liv Racing Xstra) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) eventually formed the winning move, and it was Vos who ultimately raised her arms in victory in Vårgårda.
However, there were rumblings among the most watchful eyes who had spotted Vos’s momentary lapse in judgment as decades of racing instinct brought her forearms down to her bars, fingertips dangling over the front wheel: ‘puppy paws’, i.e. a position that was banned by the UCI last season. How does it take nearly 40 mins to makr a decision on something like that? Surely it should be clear cut. https://t.co/pcprZKMvLu — Sadhbh O’Shea (@SadhbhOS) August 7, 2022 Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden RR Results
1 CORDON-RAGOT Audrey Trek – Segafredo 3:10:47 2 GEORGI Pfeiffer Team DSM 0:00 3 DEMEY Valerie Liv […]