Thijs van Amerongen (Telenet-Fidea) finished 12th in the opening Superprestige series of cyclocross races in Gieten yesterday, but was disqualified afterwards.
The reason for his disqualification was that the use of an onboard camera had not been reported before the race to the UCI. The Dutchman explained that his sponsor Telenet, had wanted onboard images as an extra means of gaining some publicity.
“This is weird,” Van Amerongen said after the finish to Sporza. “I did not know that this was not regulated. This is an expensive day, because I’ve taken no points and have now given everything for nothing on a course that was not really suited to me.”
Afterwards, Van Amerongen was obviously upset as he tweeted the following message: “Thanks @UCI_cycling for doing where you’re good at”
The race was won by Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace) who finished ahead of Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) and Tim Merlier (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace)