Worth it: Tour de France cyclist fined for kissing wife and son

Fifteen minutes into the time trial seventh stage of the Tour de France, rider Julien Bernard stopped briefly on the sidelines to kiss his wife and young son, and was promptly fined. 

As he reached the top of a climb, friends ran towards him holding signs and his wife stepped forward – at which point she gave him a quick kiss, holding their son who was dressed in a replica cycling kit.

The penalty from the International Cycling Union (UCI) amounts to 200 Swiss francs (approx. €200). 

The UCI said the fine was for „unseemly or inappropriate behaviour during the race and damage to the image of the sport”.

But in a TV interview, Bernard stood fast on his affirmation that it was a wonderful moment for him. 

„It was really incredible. My wife has been organising 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.”

Bernard also defended the encounter with his wife and son on the platform X, formerly Twitter.

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

Danish cyclist Magnus Cort then shared a video of himself stopping to kiss his wife during the Tour de France with the caption: „What a joke. I guess I was lucky when they missed me a couple of days ago.”

However, a fine for the same amount and for breaking the same rule was given earlier in the race to Italian cyclist Davide Ballerini, after he stopped to watch Britain’s Mark Cavendish sprint to a record-breaking 35th Tour de France stage victory.

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