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LottoNL-Jumbo rider Victor Campenaerts flashed message written on his chest during time trial - and got a 'yes' in reply...

A pro cyclist taking part in the Giro d’Italia has been fined by commissaires – for asking a woman out on a date.

LottoNL-Jumbo rider Victor Campenaerts unzipped his skinsuit before the start of the Stage 10 individual time trial on Tuesday to reveal a message that read, ‘Carlien daten?’ – ‘Carlien, a date?’

He also showed the message again as he neared the finish line – though it turns out that its intended recipient, Carlien Cavens (pictured below, centre), wasn’t watching since she was in a work meeting and only learnt of it later when a journalist rang her.

Happily, she said ‘yes’ and according to Sporza fancies a meal and perhaps a bike ride – assuming Campenaerts doesn’t want to take some time off riding after the Giro.

But she added: “I certainly do not want to go to the movies. I always fall asleep."

They'll be able to have a beer or three, as well.

Sporza added that the couple have known each other for a while with Campenaerts helping Cavens, a former triathlete, with her swimming.

Campenaerts’ romantic message was met with a frostier reception by the UCI, however, which fined him 100 Swiss Francs.

Commissaire Luc Herpelinck told Sporza: “If he wanted to send a message, that’s fine. But not during the race, and not with his upper body uncovered.

“There’s no place for that in a serious race like the Giro. Cycling must not be used for this reason.”

“It’s better the riders’ take their romance away from the sport,” he added. presumably after a brief pause to suck on a lemon.

“If we ignore it this time, we’re leaving it open to happen another time.”

A Belgian journalist has set up a Go Fund Me page to pay the fine for the rider.

To date, it has raised €31 of the €91 target.

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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guyrwood [894 posts] 2 months ago
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Ha, ha. I've chucked in 5 Euros, what a bunch of miserable gits!

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Rapha Nadal [521 posts] 2 months ago
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Yeah, God forbid that a cyclist do something quirky. 

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Grahamd [524 posts] 2 months ago
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This is terrible, a cyclist using the TV coverage to make someone aware and get a result; next thing you know they'll be plastering sponsors all over the hoardings and rider's kit...

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muppetteer [92 posts] 2 months ago
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Morat [259 posts] 2 months ago
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But what could be more Italian?

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RTB [184 posts] 2 months ago
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Commissaire Luc Herpe(s)linck

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Comrade [217 posts] 2 months ago
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So let me see if I've got this right....he rides his push bike for a living, gets a fine paid for him, gets a date and some grog. Go Victor! Life is good, nice one, no wonder he's smiling. 

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Shamblesuk [165 posts] 2 months ago
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Nice to see the fine fits the crime, nobody died here and a token fine seems OK. I thought it was a sweet gesture.

Love the Go Fund Me gesture too. Even more awesome if this goes to charity.

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cyclisto [211 posts] 2 months ago
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A man got fined for declaring his interest for a specific woman. Finally, our crucial problems are solved, the humanity may sleep peacefully!

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RobD [450 posts] 2 months ago
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Look at his time though, maybe if he'd pedalled a bit harder instead of flashing his chest he'd have gone a bit faster  3

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dgmtc [25 posts] 2 months ago
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RobD wrote:

Look at his time though, maybe if he'd pedalled a bit harder instead of flashing his chest he'd have gone a bit faster  3

He wasn't allowed to go for a good result as he is in the Giro to support Steven Kruijswijk and he had to be 'fresh' the day after the TT. A bit of a shame for a national TT champion, but it's the Giro and this is modern cycling.

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dinosaurJR [237 posts] 2 months ago
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A serious race like the Giro. As opposed to what? Less serious races like the Tour de Yorkshire? 

I had no idea I had been spelling commissaire wrong all these years. It is spelled C.U.N.T, apparently...

Good on ya, Victor!

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QDubs [17 posts] 2 months ago
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Minimal fine for a minimal infraction. This isn't so big a fine that it'd keep others from similar gestures (that are occasionally fun) but big enough that we'll not see it a Chef's Dozen (see Chipping Camden if you don't get it) times in every race. 

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Jimnm [230 posts] 2 months ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Yeah, God forbid that a cyclist do something quirky. 

Peter Sagan bum pincher haha