Britain’s Chris Froome is among a trio of riders targeted by an environmental group ─ for throwing empty water bottles into the Belgian countryside during the recent edition of Flèche-Wallonne.
According to the Vers l’Avenir newspaper, the group “Coalition Nature” has lodged an official complaint with a court in Namur following last week’s Flèche-Wallonne semi-classic, won by world champion Cadel Evans (BMC).
Bike racers can consume several liters of fluids during one-day races and stages, and their discarded empties are often picked up and cherished by fans at the road side.
But that tradition, usually tolerated by the communes and regions hosting races, did not wash with Coalition Nature, whose members were spurned into action after watching the events unfold on television.
Prior to the race several environmental groups from Walloon appealed the Belgian cycling federation to change the rules by introducing sanctions for riders found discarding rubbish by the roadside.
As well as Team Sky rider Froome, Belgian Benjamin Gourgue (Landbouwkrediet) and Frenchman Blel Kadri (AG2R) also participated in “acts of pollution” according to the group.
For now, the court has yet to decide whether to pursue the case.