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Does the punishment have to be more severe because of the injuries? For the people thinking it shouldn't (and there is something to be said for it), how would you feel if the drunk who ran your kid over, got away with a fine, like any other drunk driver?
It's basically impossible to run someone over who is following the rules, without a transgression. Be it running a red light, deviate from the road onto the pavement/bikelane, driving drunk or whatever. So the point stands. It was also impossible for Groenewegen to ram Jakobsen into the boarding without deviating from his line. It is impossible for a driver to run someone over without making a mistake either. If you ride your car on the bikelane, you also get a fine. If you run someone over doing so, i'm sure people wouldn't expect you to get away with it, by paying a fine.It wouldn't happen, because you are mixing up two transgressions.
You have a transgression for drunk driving and a transgression for running over someone, that can happen or not at the same time. If someone does it simultaneously they have an aggravated sentence because of doing two transgressions at the same time.
Unless Groenewegen had some allucinogenic in his blood, it's not the same thing here.
We are always complaining about UCI not being consistent in enforcing the rules. With this decision, how will they act in the future. What's the line between suspending someone for a reckless sprint and a simple DQ? I don't think it would be fair to act case by case without any standards well established beforehand.
Well, I don't know how long it takes for a collarbone to heal, I've never broken one.
But I was mostly thinking; if he hadn't been suspended by the team - and hadn't shown an ounce of remorse - then UCI would probably have had to hand him a punishment much earlier.
Bos - Impey was in April, this was in August, with Groenewegen being injured himself. Had they given Bos 9 months, it would have robbed him of an entire season. Had they given Groenewegen a 4 month sanction it wouldn't have impacted him whatsoever. Now he will only lose 3 months of actual racing.
If you want to pretend there is no difference between a sanction at the start of the season or the end/middle of the season, and give a similar punishment, then you are basically saying to go nuts at the end of the season, so they can give you a 4 month ban during winter.
“I have spoken with Fabio before he went to Turkey and it was good to see how well he did there. I am very much looking forward to racing again myself too now and I am glad that I can do that in a beautiful race like the Giro d’Italia.”
I'm interested to see how he'll do, and what this will mean for Dekker. I guess this also means that Kooij will finally get some chances in the smaller stage races, because so far his program was pretty garbage.
So... he's doing the Giro after all...
Team Jumbo Visma | Team Jumbo-Visma adds Groenewegen to Giro d’Italia…
I hope they thought long and hard about this, and just as much for his sake. But, I like this bit:
Not sure how this is some major character development.