Costly smooch: TdF cyclist fined for in-race kiss



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GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN, France — French rider Julien Bernard was fined 200 Swiss francs ($223) by the International Cycling Union after he stopped to kiss his wife during the time-trial seventh stage of the Tour de France.

Fifteen minutes into Friday’s time trial, held in Bernard’s home region of Burgundy, the rider paused to kiss his wife and young son who were standing in the road among a group of family and friends.

The UCI said in a statement that Bernard’s behavior had been inappropriate and damaged the image of the sport.

I’m sorry UCI for damaging the image of the sport,” Bernard said on X. “But I’m willing to pay 200 Swiss francs every day and experience this moment again.”

In a television interview, Bernard said the encounter with his loved ones had been a unique moment in his career.

“It was really incredible. My wife has been organizing this with some friends for a few weeks now, and she did a really, really good job,” he said. “On a time trial, you have time to enjoy yourself. It’s these moments that keep me going and cycling.”



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