Rider disqualified during Tour of Flanders for littering as new UCI rules come into force

Michael Schär threw a bidon to roadside fans as he worked to get back into the peloton after suffering a mechanical

Michael Schär during the 2021 Tour of Flanders (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Michael Schär has become one of, if not the first, rider to be disqualified from a WorldTour race for littering, as the new UCI rules come into force.

Having ridden the first 150km of the Tour of Flanders Schär suffered a mechanical, then chucking a bidon to roadside fans as he chased back up to the peloton in time for the racing to get going properly, then throwing his hands in the air in exasperation as he realised he'd fallen foul of the new protocols.

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