Carl Roes removed as Lotto-Dstny sports director due to running over a marshal in a event

Last Tuesday (19), according to a statement published on social media by Lotto-Dstny, Carl Roes was removed from his position as the team’s sports director for running over a marshal in the Rik Van Looy GP competition, in which took place on Sunday (17), in Belgium.

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According to investigations carried out by local police officers, with the help of images captured by the Belgian broadcaster RTV, Carl Roes was not authorized to participate in the race route and even though he was aware of the issue, he decided to enter the route. Even after hitting the marshal, the sporting director continued to run.

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“This is a very unfortunate and unacceptable incident. As soon as we heard this news we dismissed the sporting director. There are no excuses for such behavior, it simply shouldn’t happen in a race. We would also like to express our apologies to the signalman and the organization”, said StĂ©phane Heulot, CEO of Lotto-Dstny.

The businessman continued to state that the sports director made a big mistake and that situations like these are unacceptable. Furthermore, he also reported that the family and the signalman had already been contacted and that, due to the event, Carl Roes is on leave until the end of the investigations.

As justification, Carl Roes took a stand on what happened: “I made a huge error in judgment and gave priority to sporting interests over regulations and safety. This is completely wrong and unacceptable. I would therefore like to offer my sincere apologies to the signalman, the organization, and my team”.


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