Nacer Bouhanni in Paris-Nice 2020
The UCI has condemned racist abuse directed at Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic) following Bouhanni’s relegation from Cholet-Pays de la Loire. The governing body issued a statement Wednesday condemning the abuse, while Bouhanni himself ruled against the planned start at Scheldeprijs.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) wants to strongly condemn the racist attacks directed at French rider Nacer Bouhanni on social media after his disqualification for dangerous behavior during the last sprint in Cholet-Pays de la Loire,” the UCI said in a statement.
“No matter how serious the guilt of the French rider – who forced the UCI to refer the incident to his disciplinary commission and demand sanctions against him – nothing justifies the insults he was subjected to in the days after the act he was accused of. “
Bouhanni was knocked out after driving Jake Stewart to the hurdles in the last sprint to Cholet-Pays de la Loire on March 28th. The UCI then said it forwarded the incident to its disciplinary commission.
On Monday, April 5, Bouhanni posted screenshots in his Instagram story showing some racist messages and posts sent to him since the incident. He also posted his own message, saying, “this time I won’t let it go again,” and stating that he would file a police report.
Several of his teammates and others around the peloton, including Stewart, have since publicly condemned the racist abuse targeted at Bouhanni.
The 30-year-old Frenchman was due to start the Scheldeprijs this week, but did not prepare for the start on Wednesday. His team from Arkéa-Samsic said that “after the recent events” Bouhanni “was not in full capacity to start the start” on a Belgian one-day day.