Traditionally, riders are known for jumping off the road, cutting across roundabouts and using footpaths to gain a slight advantage, especially in the one-day classics events.
The premise of the new rule appears to be aimed at stopping riders from taking short cuts to gain an unfair advantage and reduce the risk of crashes involving road fixtures and spectators. However, riders will still be able to race in the "gutter" of road.
1.2..064 bis … It is strictly prohibited to use sidewalks/pavements, paths or cycle paths alongside the roadway that do not form part of the course. Non-respect of this requirement is sanctioned in accordance with Article 12.1.040.14 bis, without prejudice to any other sanctions that may apply.
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