Stefan Küng (25) experienced the classic “Het Nieuwsblad” (winner Zydek Stybar, CH) Premiere. After the failure of the Sprinter Arnaud Démare (Fr), he is a first team leader. The French team Groupama-FDJ has the utmost confidence in the Thurgau.

Küng on the 18th – the same time as the second-placed Greg van Avermaet (Be). “I haven’t been in the finals yet,” he admits. “And in the Sprint to the finish line, I stopped myself.”

the next day in the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (winner Bob Jungels, Lux) – 13. Win of the season for the Team, the Belgian Team Deceuninck (formerly Quickstep) – he is 14 seconds behind the chasing pack to the finish.

With the new rules of the UCI, the Bidonwürfe of professionals with Fines intended to punish, Stefan Küng. He smiles: “I threw the bottles away, I fell on the Pavés from the holder.”

Fines against environmental pollution

today in Brussels-Kuurne-Brussels-the UCI do Seriously. “With Fines, we force the driver to be more responsible to the environment-conscious Act,” says jury member Philippe Marien of the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. A driver throws away in the race-to-drink bottle (volume 0.6 Liter), it is covered with a fine between 200 and 500 francs. “Gets rid of the Bidon in a dangerous position, it can cost up to 1,000 francs.”

The disposal of the bottles, however, remains tricky. You throw the driver flat to the ground, endangering the following driver. So how Fabian Cancellara in tour of Flanders 2015: It crashes because of a bottle, he breaks two vertebrae.

The Alternative, a roll of the dice in a high arc away from the road, but it can hurt like at the 2018 world Cup in Innsbruck spectators.