Zhiwen Chen,19, of the Giant Cycling Team has been disqualified from the Tour de Langkawi for violence. Following a lengthy meeting of race commissaires, a decision – confirmed via the race communiqué – was taken to fine Chen 200 Swiss Francs and disqualify him from the race.
Following the stage win by Adam de Vos of Rally in Kalua Terenaganu, a video taken by a spectator emerged, showing a fight involving a number of riders. The video was taken from a balcony overlooking the finish of the stage.
Chen was penalised under “Article 30.1: Acts of violence among riders” and eliminated for his role in the fight.
Teammate Hang Shi was also penalised with the added charge of “throwing a bottle against another rider” but remains in the race. Cyclingnews understands that Shi threw the bottle mid-race when tempers originally flared between the Terengganu and Giant teams. For throwing the bottle, Shi received a CHF200 fine and was penalized one second.
The post-stage fight also involved Mohd Harrif Saleh of the Terengganu cycling team. The 29-year-old was penalized under Article 37bis: “Behaviour which damages the image of cycling (by his defensive action).” For his role in the incident, Saleh was fined CHF50. Chen was also penalized under Article 37bis and received a further CHF50 fine for his role in the fight.
Chen finished 11th on stage 1 of the race into Kulim. The Tour de Langkawi was his first UCI race of the 2018 season.
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