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Stickiest of 'sticky bottles' gets Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice

AG2R-La Mondiale's Tour de France runner-up was unlucky enough to be caught on camera pulling typical pro trick...

Romain Bardet, the AG2R-La Mondiale rider who finished second overall in last year's Tour de France, was kicked off Paris-Nice yesterday after accepting the stickiest of stick bottles during the opening stage of the week-long race.

The 26-year-old was caught on camera holding onto his team car, and apologised afterwards for breaking the rules.

Bardet, who had crashed with 22 kilometres remaining of the stage, took to Twitter to excuse himself, saying that "nothing justifies the prolonged help from a team car" - although that hadn't stopped him from benefiting himself from a practice he acknowledged is widespread in the peloton.

While Bardet is far from the first pro to take a tow from a team car, such incidents rarely make the headlines and when they do, tend to be because the rider involved is vying for the overall win - as happened when Vincenzo Nibali, fresh from winning the Tour de France, was thrown out of the Vuelta in 2014.

> Video: Vincenzo Nibali thrown off Vuelta after being towed by team car


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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