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Katusha rider says he’d left it in his pocket and was only switching it off

Riders on the Tour de France have been reminded that they are not allowed to use mobile phones on the race – after Katusha’s Luca Paolini was snapped on Saturday’s Stage 8 with one in his hand.

Photographer Graham Watson spotted the device in the Italian’s hand as he passed him on his photo moto, and tweeted this picture.

Paolini took to Twitter after the stage to explain he wasn’t writing a text message or email but had forgotten he had the phone in his pocket and had taken it out to switch it off before passing it to the team car.

He also apologised for breaking the rules and apologised to the race jury for letting him off with a warning – although he was back in their sights yesterday as they fined him 50 Swiss Francs for an infraction according to the official race communication from Stage 9.

Race organisers ASO issued a reminder to all teams that "the use of mobile phones by riders during the race is not allowed under article 9 of the race rules and article 2.2.024 of the UCI’s regulations".

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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SamSkjord [39 posts] 3 years ago
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I presume he's rapidly gone to twitter and deleted all his #tdfselfies

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leqin [193 posts] 3 years ago
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oh come on - buy a hands free kit u plonker  14

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drfabulous0 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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Is he wearing a dirt jump lid?

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captain_slog [392 posts] 3 years ago
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'That Sporty Finger game is just so damn addictive.' (Or was it Angry Birds?)

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Quince [381 posts] 3 years ago
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That's a really nice picture of Luca Paolini on a phone on a bike.

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kitkat [440 posts] 3 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

He's really with T-Mobile.

Well if he had crashed it would have been Everything Everywhere

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Him Up North [235 posts] 3 years ago
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He's setting a reminder: buy razor blades

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Das [243 posts] 3 years ago
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Oooooo The Banter  24

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leqin [193 posts] 3 years ago
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Angry Birds? - more like he's playing Sporty Fingers, so he can ride the Tour de France using just the power of his finger  24

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bikeyourbest [23 posts] 3 years ago
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Hipster. Probably has an espresso in his bottle too.

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JeevesBath [184 posts] 3 years ago
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bikeyourbest wrote:

Hipster. Probably has an espresso in his bottle too.

 21 looks like some London urban cyclist that got caught up in the peloton when they came through the other day and hasn't been found out yet...

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Shades [331 posts] 3 years ago
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Seems like a good idea for a Dom Joly Trigger Happy TV sketch  24

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Dr Madvibe [10 posts] 3 years ago
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kitkat wrote:
Airzound wrote:

He's really with T-Mobile.

Well if he had crashed it would have been Everything Everywhere

02ouché

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FluffyKittenofT... [1606 posts] 3 years ago
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Shades wrote:

Seems like a good idea for a Dom Joly Trigger Happy TV sketch  24

"I'm in the TdF...nah, its rubbish!"

Also, I'm impressed they already have a rule for this - is there anything they _don't_ have a rule for?

(Are ipods allowed? I reckon one would go faster if ipod-assisted).

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Beatnik69 [381 posts] 3 years ago
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I bet he jumps red lights too.  4

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farrell [1946 posts] 3 years ago
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Annoying hipster. I bet he's one of them that says 'ciao' instead of goodbye...

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Roberj4 [223 posts] 3 years ago
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Don't these 'Top End' Canyon models come with Bluetooth phone kits!  24

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Suffolk Cycling [65 posts] 3 years ago
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He's obviously just checking his Strava segment times. Nothing to see here.

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s_lim [208 posts] 3 years ago
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"Get the pasta on, love, I'll be home in about an hour x"

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MartyMcCann [265 posts] 3 years ago
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Paolini is concerned about Froome sitting at home bored so is just taking a photo of his stem and sending it to Chris

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ragtimecyclist [160 posts] 3 years ago
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PPI? I know how you feel Luca mate!