'The rule is bent in most races': Should Warren Barguil have been disqualified from Paris-Nice?

Barguil’s disqualification on the opening day of Paris-Nice once again threw a focus on drafting behind team cars

Warren Barguil after crashing during stage one of Paris-Nice 2020 (Alain Jocard/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Diverting very briefly away from the current coronavirus crisis, something has been nagging at me over the past few days…

On the opening stage of Paris-Nice, French champion Warren Barguil was disqualified for drafting behind an Arkéa-Samsic team car.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.