Sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) ended the fifth stage in the Tour of Spain (WorldTour) Wednesday last with a backlog of slightly more than eight minutes on the penultimate, our compatriot Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step). In addition to his great disadvantage he received from the Vuelta organisation is also a time penalty of twenty seconds, ten points deduction in the points classification and a fine. The Spanish newspaper AS that the punishment came after a dispute between Bouhanni and his sporting director Jean Luc Jonrond, but that is contradicted by the team.
SHAFT brought to the outside that Bouhanni a violent quarrel had been with Jonrond, which he once or twice against his team would have afgeduwd. Cofidis responded Thursday morning if stung by a wasp on the news.
“We deny formally the reports in the press about an argument between our leader, Nacer Bouhanni and and sports director Jean Luc Jonrond during the fifth stage of the Vuelta a españa. Nacer has the organisation a penalty received after a non-regulatory provisions.” Cofidis denies also all the rumors about a troubled relationship between Bouhanni and the team leader. “Nacer has our full trust and we count on him”, concluded the statement.
Bouhanni and Jonrond also responded personally on Twitter. “Why try me always as a tough boy, while I’m not?”, early Bouhanni. “There is not kicked against my car”, confirmed Jonrond. “That is a myth. Nacer has fought against the time limit and earn these incorrect comments.”