'Physical block' the only way to stop riders using paths instead of cobbles

Riders have always looked to find away the rough cobbles of the Classics, and organisers are struggling to stop them

Riders use the path instead of the cobbles in the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Classics organisers must "physically block" cyclists from avoiding the cobbled roads for the smooth shoulders because it "is the only solution," say teams.

The UCI issued a 200 Swiss Franc fine to each of the 15 cyclists in the lead group, including eventual winner Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors), in the Three Days of De Panne's first stage on Tuesday. They had avoided the cobbles in favour of the smooth sidewalk ahead of the Berendries.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.