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Steve Morabito was denied his first victory of the season by the race officials' decision. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
Steve Morabito was denied his first victory of the season by the race officials' decision. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

Tour de l'Ain, Stage 3: Relegation Takes Morabito's Win

13. August 2010

Arbent, France

Steve Morabito had his solo victory and apparent race lead stripped away Friday when race officials at the Tour de l'Ain deemed the BMC Racing Team rider did not properly follow the course in the final two kilometers.

A Costly Decision

Morabito and two other riders were relegated for going the wrong way around a roundabout. The race jury's decision elevated second-place finisher, Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale) to the victory and kept Morabito from taking the yellow jersey with one day left. "I attacked to the left side, got a good gap and stayed away to the finish," Morabito said. "After the race, they told me I was supposed to go to the right around the roundabout. The road was not closed to the left and even the motorbikes were going that way. I was feeling good today, but not now."