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Officials reinstate Rabobank rider in Utah

  • By Matthew Beaudin
  • Published Aug. 10, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials reinstated a Rabobank rider at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah after receiving information that he had a legitimate mechanical and was seeking service, not simply taking an extended pull from a team vehicle during Thursday’s third stage.

Chief commissaire Pierre Blanchard initially ejected Rabobank’s Tom Slagter from the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and fined him for holding onto his team vehicle. After further review, officials said the rider was in the right and seeking mechanical help, and reversed their decision — a big turn of fortune for the Rabobank squad, as the team now keeps its rider and wasn’t penalized one of its two team cars for the rest of the race.

“We got some other information about what had happened that led to the situation, and changed the context of what was going. He wasn’t just hanging on — there was a mechanical issue. The information we had did not include that,” said UCI commissaire Phil Miller.

Officials did not reinstate Jonas Ahlstrand (Argos-Shimano) or Matt Brammeier (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), both disqualified for towing on team cars.

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Matthew Beaudin

Matthew Beaudin

Matthew Beaudin graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder's journalism school in 2005 and immediately moved to Telluride, Colorado, to write and ski, though the order is fuzzy. Beaudin was the editor of the Telluride Daily Planet for five years. He now lives in Boulder, where he joined VeloNews in the spring of 2012. Music. Coffee. Bikes. His dog, Anabelle. That about sums it up. Follow him on Twitter @matthewcbeaudin.

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