'What can we do? Disqualify them all?': Riders using bike paths to avoid cobbles frustrate commissaires

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne sees riders crash as they ride on the pavement

Riders use a cycle path to avoid the Varent cobbles at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

UCI commissaires have expressed their frustration at riders avoiding the cobbles by riding on cycle paths and pavements on the opening weekend of the cobbled Classics in Belgium.

In a practice that has becoming an increasing source of controversy in recent years, riders in both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne were shown on television footage using smooth cycle paths next to the cobbled sectors, with the large numbers of riders breaking the rules in this way proving a frustration to race officials.

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