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

Nacer Bouhanni has acknowledged he’s “now not a thug” after the incident with Jake Stewart in a unique French one-day promenade. 

Bouhanni was once disqualified from Cholet-Pays de la Loire remaining week, after he pressured Groupama-FDJ rider Stewart into the barrier at excessive-promenade at some stage inside the stoop produce. 

British sprinter Stewart used to have the ability to defend trustworthy applicable however suffered a broken hand inside the incident, because the UCI later launched a assertion condemning Bouhanni’s actions.

The incident has additionally been referred to the UCI Disciplinary Cost, with Arkéa-Samsic rider Bouhanni dealing with a functionality ban for dangerous sprinting. 

In a unique interview with Rouleur, 21-year-feeble Stewart acknowledged his existence “flashed sooner than his eyes” as he hit the boundaries. 

After inside the starting place apologising to Stewart, Bouhanni has shared yet one more assertion on social media, saying “if he in reality noticed his existence flash love he acknowledged in that interview, I may maybe inform him to supply up sprinting.”

Bouhanni, 30, acknowledged: “That you simply simply can articulate I’m a sprinter who takes risks, who doesn’t stop his location, who’s aggressive, who does each little factor to settle… That you simply simply can articulate the remaining you defend conclude to internet, however to throw me into the boundaries for searching to settle a biking promenade, that’s pure insanity.

“Actively enthusiastic to wound any particular person and construct my rival’s existence in menace as nicely to my internet, that’s crazy concentrate on.”

“I’m now not a thug. I’m a sportsman who turned a father just some months in the past, so assume me that, if just for my shrimp one, I may maybe by no means win such risks consciously. I factual wished to settle the promenade. Sadly it ended badly. Nonetheless on this hazard there’s reasonably just some success as a result of with out a doubt disaster was once averted.” 

Bouhanni added: “Regarding Jake Stewart, he’s youthful and he’ll develop diversified sprints – for a in reality very long time, I hope. If he in reality noticed his existence flash love he acknowledged in that interview, I may maybe inform him to supply up sprinting.”

Sprinter safety has become a headline anguish after Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) was once banned from racing for 9 months by the UCI, after he pushed Fabio Jakobsen into the boundaries on stage one among the Tour of Poland remaining yr. 

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Jakobsen suffered severe facial accidents and has handed by just some operations. 

The Dutchman intends to close help to racing this yr, whereas Groenewegen will promenade once more in May maybe probably per likelihood additionally merely on the Tour of Hungary. 

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