Nacer Bouhanni says ‘I’m not a thug’ after Jake Stewart incident

Nacer Bouhanni has mentioned he’s “now not a thug” after the incident with Jake Stewart in a as a lot because the second French one-day flee. 

Bouhanni was as quickly as disqualified from Cholet-Pays de la Loire closing week, after he compelled Groupama-FDJ rider Stewart into the barrier at excessive-tempo within the route of the flee enact. 

British sprinter Stewart was as quickly as able to protect regular nonetheless suffered a broken hand within the incident, because the UCI later launched a assertion condemning Bouhanni’s actions.

The incident has furthermore been referred to the UCI Disciplinary Fee, with Arkéa-Samsic rider Bouhanni dealing with a probable ban for unhealthy sprinting. 

In a as a lot because the second interview with Rouleur, 21-twelve months-long-established Stewart mentioned his life “flashed before his eyes” as he hit the constraints. 

After on the origin apologising to Stewart, Bouhanni has shared one different assertion on social media, asserting “if he with out a doubt seen his life flash luxuriate in he mentioned in that interview, I’d relate him to resign sprinting.”

Bouhanni, 30, mentioned: “Possibilities are you will bellow I’m a sprinter who takes dangers, who doesn’t cease his area, who’s aggressive, who does the entire lot to attain… Possibilities are you will bellow the remaining you luxuriate in to have, nonetheless to throw me into the constraints for making an attempt to rating a biking flee, that’s pure insanity.

“Actively eager to hurt anyone and construct my rival’s life at menace as efficiently as my very private, that’s crazy discuss.”

“I’m now not a thug. I’m a sportsman who turned a father only a few months in the past, so choose me that, if correct for my child, I’d by no system train such dangers consciously. I correct wished to attain the flee. Sadly it ended badly. Nonetheless on this misfortune there could possibly be a type of dependable fortune as a result of in actual fact wretchedness was as quickly as averted.” 

Bouhanni added: “Referring to Jake Stewart, he’s youthful and he’ll private different sprints – for a very very long time, I am hoping. If he with out a doubt seen his life flash luxuriate in he mentioned in that interview, I’d relate him to resign sprinting.”

Sprinter security has grow to be a headline inform after Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) was as quickly as banned from racing for 9 months by the UCI, after he pushed Fabio Jakobsen into the constraints on stage thought to be one of the Tour of Poland closing twelve months. 

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Jakobsen suffered needed facial accidents and has gone via a number of operations. 

The Dutchman intends to return to racing this twelve months, whereas Groenewegen will flee all one other time in May even on the Tour of Hungary. 

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