Twitter goes into meltdown over Contador helmet removal

Twitter users cry foul over Alberto Contador breaking UCI rules by taking his helmet off mid-race, but no-one seems entirely sure what the punishment should be

After Wheelgate, or Portegate, or Aussiegate or whatever someone named Tuesday's incident, in which Team Sky's Richie Porte was docked two minutes at the Giro d'Italia for accepting a wheel from Orica-GreenEdge's Simon Clarke, Twitter users have been all over the UCI about applying rules consistently.

But just to make matters worse and send everyone who cares enough into a mini-frenzy, race leader Alberto Contador was spotted riding on Wednesday's stage 11 with no helmet, as he put on his hat underneath.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).