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Fist fight overshadows L39ION sweep of men’s podium in Salt Lake City

Fist fight overshadows L39ION sweep of men's podium in Salt Lake City

Ty Magner wins 2022 Salt Lake Criterium-Industry as his L39ION of Los Angeles teammates follow for podium sweep (Image credit: Patrick Daly Photo/ Salt Lake…

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Ty Magner wins 2022 Salt Lake Criterium-Industry as his L39ION of Los Angeles teammates follow for podium sweep (Image credit: Patrick Daly Photo/ Salt Lake Criterium)

Heated aggression on a blisteringly-hot day of racing ignited sides at the conclusion of the men’s opening contest at the Salt Lake Criterium doubleheader, with final-lap controversy between Michael Hernandez (Best Buddies Racing built by HGR Construction) and Justin Williams (L39ION of Los Angeles) spilling over to fiery exchange of words, then fists.

The physical altercation between Hernandez and Justin Williams, which happened after the race on Saturday, resulted in disqualification and a 72-hour suspension of both riders by the chief referee, as well as fines which were originally doled out as $500 for the Best Buddies team leader and $250 for the L39ION team co-founder.

The ruling was made in accordance with USA Cycling rule 8A3(a) for "acts of violence" among riders. USA Cycling is actively looking into the matter, which could lead to additional suspension time for one or both riders.

Before the DSQ decision, the L39ION of Los Angeles squad had scored a royal flush with the top five spots in the sixth stop of the American Criterium Cup event, Ty Magner easily taking the victory, trailed by Tyler Williams in second and Justin Williams in third. After the DSQ, Cory Williams moved into third, with Alec Cowan fourth.

The L39ION of Los Angeles team referred to “uncontrolled acts of aggression” in Saturday’s races in downtown Salt Lake City, also making reference to some […]

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