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World champion disqualified for using ‘sticky bottle’ to cheat mid-race

World champion disqualified for using ‘sticky bottle’ to cheat mid-race

She held onto the bottle for way too long. Elisa Longo Borghini of Trek-Segafredo won the Paris-Roubaix women’s race this weekend after a 124km run…

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She held onto the bottle for way too long. Elisa Longo Borghini of Trek-Segafredo won the Paris-Roubaix women’s race this weekend after a 124km run featuring 17 sections of cobbled mining roads, while teammate and world champion Elisa Balsamo was disqualified.

The 30-year-old Italian champion powered to a solo triumph after taking the lead with 30km to go with a blistering turn of pace just after a previous break had been caught.

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However, it was a miserable day for fellow Trek rider Balsamo who was disqualified for an illegal tow from her team car following a puncture.

Balsamo reached out to grab a water bottle from a team member travelling alongside her in a support car, but she held onto the bottle for too long and was deemed to have been towed along by the vehicle.

One commentator said: “Bit of a sticky bottle here from the Trek-Segafredo team car.” Elisa Balsamo was disqualified for this sticky bottle in today’s Paris-Roubaix Femmes. Do you think the commissaires made the right call? pic.twitter.com/fkttAN268r — GCN Racing (@GcnRacing) April 16, 2022 Lotte Kopecky of SD Worx won the sprint for second in the Roubaix velodrome, while Lucinda Brand of Trek-Segafredo was third as six riders finished just 23 seconds behind Longo Borghini.

The Olympic bronze medallist let out a long scream and burst into tears of joy before dedicating the win to her family and her Trek team.“I […]

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