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

Belgian time trial champ, Victor Campenaerts, saw stage 10 as the perfect place to ask a girl out for a date. The controversial move worked though as 'Carlien' said yes after seeing the Belgian's bare chest.

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.

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.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.