Romain Sicard, the promising French rider on Euskaltel-Euskadi, has published an online apology after getting a DUI this week in Toulouse.
The second-year pro was nabbed by French police Wednesday during an alcohol checkpoint.
“After a dinner with friends, I acted in an immature and irresponsible way,” Sicard wrote. “I want to ask forgiveness for everyone who confides in me and who has supported me during this time. … Finally, I want to especially ask forgiveness from my team, the sponsors, the staff and my teammates for the harm I have caused them in giving such an opposing image than that what we defend at Euskaltel-Euskadi.”
Euskaltel-Euskadi posted a note on its web site saying it would meet with Sicard and would be “strict in its application of its internal code.”
Sicard, who is one of the few French Basque riders to race for Euskaltel-Euskadi, struggled throughout what was his second season among the pro ranks.
A winner of the Tour de l’Avenir ahead of Tejay Van Garderen and a winner of the world U23 championship in 2009, Sicard’s debut season in 2010 included some promising results, including 11th overall at the Dauphiné plus a runner-up finish in a climbing stage in the Alps to Risoul.
This year, an injury in his right leg has limited his race days to just 17 for the entire season. He didn’t race after pulling out of the Volta a Catalunya in March until late August and scored no UCI points.
Earlier this season, Sicard signed a deal to stay with Euskaltel through next year.