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Following his summit victory in today’s stage of the Criterium du Dauphnie, Chris Froome received a fine by race officials for not attending the customary press conference – which follows at the end of each stage.
The British rider managed to dispatch Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) during the final kilometer to seize the victory over the American rider by 17 seconds.
However, according to race officials, Froome was subsequently fined “200 Swiss francs (191 euros, $215, 138 pounds) and had his 4,000-euro prize for winning the stage held back for “non-participation at the press conference”.
In races such as the Dauphine, stage winners and the overall leader are obliged to attend a press conferences unless overriding circumstances, such illness or injury, or a long transfer prevents them from doing so.
According to a source close to Team Sky, Froome was told he did not have to attend the conference, having spoken to the media soon after crossing the line. The British team intends to address the issue with race officials over the next couple of days.
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