Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) wasn't a happy man on Sunday afternoon. Not only was he beaten in a sprint at the Ronde van Limburg, he also had to get changed in a very public place before heading to the podium.
The top finishers in the Belgian race were forced to get changed for the podium celebrations in an open bus shelter at the side of the road in Tongeren after the facility provided by the organisers wasn't up to scratch.
Boonen and race winner Kenny Dehaes (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) were pictured in various states of undress in the shelter, trying to get out of the clothes they had ridden through inclement weather in.
"They know it is going to be bad weather all day and then they [put] you here in a bus shelter. Oh well..." Boonen told hbvl.be afterwards.
Organisers had reportedly provided a changing tent for the riders, but it did not have enough chairs in it. Lets hope one of the riders didn't accidentally flag down a bus when they were trying to change their jersey...
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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