Statement: CiCLE Classic Controversial Finish

The organisation for the 13th Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic issues a statement re finish of race controversary

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Statement: CiCLE Classic Controversial Finish

Following a level of controversy surrounding the finish at yesterday’s 13th Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic, although the race organisation would rather focus on the winning achievements of Dan Fleeman, and Metaltek Kuota the race cannot ignore the gesture made by the rider from New Zealand, from team ONE Pro Cycling who arrived at the finishing line in 2nd place on the day.

The gesture was not befitting of a professional rider and is considered ungentlemanly conduct. The management of ONE Pro Cycling have apologised profusely to the organisation, and onward to spectators for the incident, and as a gesture of their regret have insisted that any prize money won by the team at the race should be donated to a local charity of the organisation’s choice.

Speaking on the matter, Race Director Colin Clews said, “Anyone who has worked with ONE Pro Cycling as I have for many years, knows that they are a thoroughly professional Team. What happened yesterday was totally out of character with how they operate and it is clear that they wish to disassociate themselves fully from the incident involving one of their riders in a ‘heat of the moment’ race situation.

The race organisation has accepted the team’s apologies and their gesture which will benefit the funds of The Mount Group , Riding for the Disabled, the race’s adopted charity, by some £1365. The rider has been dealt with by the race Commissaires in accordance with the International regulations, and the matter is now regarded as closed”.




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