Stage winner Stevic kicked out of Tour de Qinghai Lake for offensive gesture

08:06, July 22, 2010      

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Serbian rider Ivan Stevic of Partizan Srbija, who won the fourth stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake on Tuesday, was disqualified as the stage winner and kicked out of the race for an offensive gesture he made while crossing the line.

Stevic was the first to cross the line in the bunch sprint on Tuesday, and the pumped up Stevic gave the middle finger as he crossed the line. He explained after the win that he gestured at the finish with his finger in response to the difficulties his team has endured this week, more so than trying to offend anyone.

"We were waiting for this," he said after his win. "We had a really hard time in last three stages up in the climbs".

But the discipline panel believed that the gesture was offensive and announced the decision in a news conference after the race.

Stevic expressed that he accepted the punishment. Yuriy Metlushenko of Ukraine's Amore &Vita-conad became the fourth stage winner.

Source: Xinhua


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