Police Pick up Paris-Roubaix Rider on the Highway
Of all the hard-luck ways to end a bike race, Italian sprinter Andrea Guardini might have found a new one.
Of all the hard-luck ways to end a bike race, Italian sprinter Andrea Guardini might have found a new one. – By Caitlin Giddings
“Some videos and photos are starting to appear, so perhaps it better if I explain exactly what happened,” Guardini wrote on Facebook on Sunday night.“I quit the race and when I got to the team car at the second feed. They told me to cut across from the race and ride to the finish. I took their word and would have quickly made it to Roubaix if I hadn’t found myself on the highway!
“Fortunately the Gendarmerie found me, loaded my bike in their car and took me to the local police station. I can only thank them for their help; they even let me watch the finish of the race with them. I was also able to contact my wife, who called the team so that a soigneur could come and collect me.”
“I’m sure the team will tease me about what happened for a long time but I want to make it clear that I wasn’t arrested, my criminal record is still intact and we even had a laugh about it,” he continued.
“Of course I was obliged to give the police a little present as a way of thanks and they now have my Paris-Roubaix race jersey.”
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