Rider slapped with 30 day suspension for causing Tour of Flanders mass pile-up

Filip Maciejuk banned from racing for a month after careering into the front of the bunch after taking to the pavement

 Filip Maciejuk
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Bahrain Victorious rider Filip Maciejuk has been handed a 30 day suspension from racing for causing a crash at the Tour of Flanders.

The Polish rider was judged to have been “riding outside of the race course and through a puddle on the roadside” when he crashed and caused a mass pile-up, wiping out most of the peloton.

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