UCI statement on the incident involving Carl Roes at the Grote Prijs Rik Van Looy

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the disciplinary proceedings initiated against Carl Roes in relation to the incident which occurred during the Grote Prijs Rik Van Looy in Belgium on 17 September have been completed.

Upon returning to the course from a deviation, Carl Roes, Sport Director and driver of the Lotto Dstny Development Team, ignored the instructions of a race marshal, manoeuvred around him and pushed him to the ground. Carl Roes acknowledged the violation of article 2.2.038 of the UCI Regulations and accepted the sanction proposed by the UCI. Carl Roes will serve a six-month period of suspension starting on 20 January 2024.

Upon ratification of the proposed sanction by the UCI Disciplinary Commission, the proceedings were settled by means of an Acceptance of Consequences pursuant to article 12.6.019 of the UCI Regulations.

The safety of riders, people in the race convoy and along the roadside is a priority for the UCI. It therefore cannot tolerate conduct that compromises safety at competitions on its International Calendar and reminds all its stakeholders of the need to comply with its Regulations or face disciplinary action.