Intermarché-Circus-Wanty riders fined and sent to education course after racist gesture

Madis Mihkels and Gerben Thijssen sanctioned after incident at the Tour of Guangxi

Madis Mihkels
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The two Intermarché-Circus-Wanty riders involved in a racist incident at the Tour of Guangxi, have been fined and sent to an education course by cycling's governing body.

Madis Mihkels and Gerben Thijssen were withdrawn from the final WorldTour race of the season last month after a photo of the former making a racist gesture was posted on the latter's Instagram page. The pair later apologised, but have now been sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.