UPDATE: It is now been reported that UCI article 12.1.013 relating to technological fraud being cited as the reason for the disqualification was a typo in the race communique. A race representative later confirmed to CyclingIQ that it was regulation 12.0.019 relating to the 6.8kg weight limit was the rule applied.
Canadian Nicolas Pierre Magnan of the Singha Infinite Cycling Team was disqualified on the final stage of the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen for technological fraud according to an official race communique.
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Magnan’s teammates Frechman Peter Pouly, Russian Konstantin Fast and the Singha Infinite Cycling team’s manager Brandon Teo were also disqualified under UCI rule 12.1.013 that covers mechanical cheating at the four-stage race. The International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen (UCI 2.2) takes place in Banyuwangi, Indonesia and is part of the UCI Asia Tour. Pouly was the virtual winner of the race before being disqualified.
UCI rule 12.1.013 states, “Technological fraud is materialised by the presence, within or on the margins of a cycling competition, of a bicycle that does not comply with the provisions of article 1.3.010 or the use by a rider, within or on the margins of a cycling competition, of a bicycle that does not comply with the provisions of article 1.3.010.”
Article 1.3.010 of the UCI technical regulations reads, “The bicycle shall be propelled solely, through a chainset, by the legs (inferior muscular chain) moving in a circular movement, without electric or other assistance.”
After the final stage, an official race communique awarded Australian Jai Crawford (Kinan Cycling Team) the overall win after the disqualification of Pouly who was the winner of the race in 2014 and 2015.
Peter Pouly took to Facebook to defend himself.
“Today my bike was destroyed by 1 other team. I just realized this 1 minute before to start, I went to take another bike Infinite Pulse Team and of course I don’t have time to put it conform to the UCI rules. As well after 30k I noticed the stem of my bike was not lock and I need to go to the car for fix it.” Pouly wrote. Pouly also attached a photo of his cracked bike that lead him to go get a replacement.