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Insults, exclusion, postponement … The joyless spring of cycling at the time of asocial networks


The racist insults targeting Nacer Bouhanni and the new regulations for the jets of cans have, in recent days, after the postponement of Paris-Roubaix, shook the small world of cycling.

One-click hate. All circles endure it. Cycling is no exception. The speech of Nacer Bouhanni, one of the (discreet) headliners of French cycling, has the merit of exposing in broad daylight the anonymous attacks which can, on a daily basis, be victims of sports soap operas. On the courts, in the stadiums or on the roadside. Athletes turned into targets by odious messages that smash the door to privacy and pollute the daily lives of those targeted and those around them.

In its health bubble, cycling which evolves behind closed doors is not spared. Between the application of the new rules poorly digested by the peloton (which can go as far as disqualification in the event of a canister being thrown outside the reserved areas, as the Swiss Michaël Schär experienced badly during the Tour of Flanders while cycling wants to be exemplary, responsible and ecological), the disrupted calendar (with in particular the postponement of Paris-Roubaix

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