The UCI has rules and regulations and specifications and tests for everything.
They test for doping, the scan bikes for illegal motors and now at this year’s Tour de France, they’re measuring nose size.
After being in the break all day in the stage from Rodez to Revel, French rider Pierrick Fedrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) was taken to a random nose control. Fedrigo is nicknamed “le nez de Marmande” thanks to his elongated nose.
“It is just a precautionary test. Sometimes we measure things just to measure. We can’t be too careful,” said Jacques Rigoler of the UCI. French riders in their home tour are given an extra two centimeters leeway.
Fedrigo, a winner of two tour stages in his career, simply shrugged his shoulders in that French way that says, “what can I do?”