Victor Campenaerts fined 100 Swiss francs for using Giro d’Italia time trial to get a date

Date already shaping up to be pretty expensive

If Victor Campenaerts had hoped that the date he secured during the Giro d’Italia time trial could be a cheap one, then the UCI commissaires have thrown a spanner in the works by fining him 100 Swiss Francs.

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The Belgian national champion was told to take it easy on Tuesday’s stage, so took the opportunity to write “Carlien, will you go on a date with me” on his chest, which he proudly displayed to the cameras at the start and finish of his rather leisurely ride.

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However, the killjoys among the UCI commissaires have decided that Campenaerts’ actions “damaged the image of cycling”, fining him the equivalent of £78.

The good news for Campenaert is that Carlien, who Belgian journalists tracked down to be Carlien Caven, a businesswoman from Antwerp, agreed to the go on a date, but admitted that she hadn’t actually been watching the stage so had missed Campenaert’s romantic gesture.