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Rahsaan Bahati fined for Dana Point Grand Prix incident

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Apr. 24, 2010
  • Updated Apr. 25, 2010 at 9:22 AM EDT

Rahsaan Bahati will pay a fine for unsportsmanlike conduct at the Dana Point Grand Prix, USA Cycling announced Friday.

The race federation did not announce the amount of the fine and neither Bahati or USA Cycling officials were immediately available to comment.

“We take all claims of misconduct seriously,” USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson said in a press release. “All cyclists racing on our premier domestic calendar should be cognizant of their behavior and strive to set the example for our youth.”

The press release cited USA Cycling’s Rule 1Q2, which reads:

1Q2. General Misconduct. The following offenses may be punished by suspension or lesser penalties:
(a) Acts of theft, fraud or grossly unsportsmanlike conduct in conjunction with a sporting event;

Earlier this month Bahati told VeloNews that UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis rider Jake Keough had purposely crashed him in the final laps of the race. A few laps later Bahati, standing near the start-finish line, threw his sunglasses into the passing peloton.

UnitedHealthcare team managers told VeloNews that Bahati had been riding dangerously in the laps before the crash.

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