Terpstra stripped of 2014 Paris – Roubaix win
April 14, 2014 § 27 Comments
Less than 24 hours after soloing to victory out of an elite group of the world’s best cobblestone specialists, 2014 Paris – Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra (HOL, OmegaPharma – Quickstep) was stripped of his victory by race organizer ASO Sports. At a hastily convened press conference in Paris, ASO president Antoine de Saint-Exupéry issued the following press release, which is reproduced below:
ASO regrets to inform M. Niki Terpstra that he has received a disqualification in the 2014 edition of Paris – Roubaix 2014 because of his unpopularity, or to be more precise, because no one knows exactly who he is. By finishing ahead of MM. Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara, M. Terpstra has taken away an important marketing and sales opportunity for global cycling and ASO, which has been poised for several months now to profit handsomely from the victory of either M. Cancellara or M. Boonen at Paris – Roubaix. M. Terpstra will be allowed to race the 2015 edition of the race, but only if he agrees to finish no higher than second. The official winner of the 2014 edition of the race is hereby designated as M. Fabian Cancellara, the third place finisher. This now places M. Cancellara in the ranks of the greatest riders ever, with four Roubaix victories to his name, and promises an incredible showdown in 2015 between him and M. Boonen to see which one will be the first ever rider to win this monument five times in his career.
Terpstra was stunned to learn that he had already been stripped of his victory, and he immediately broke down. “It is true my first name is that of a girl and my last name sounds like a kind of turtle, and it is true that few people know who I am, and worse, that I am Dutch, but I won Paris – Roubaix honestly. How can they take it away just like that?”
Other riders were sympathetic, but understanding of the difficult position in which ASO was placed with Terpstra’s win. Second place finisher John Degengolb agreed that “It’s a shame to strip him of the win, but it’s even more of a shame for a great race like this to be won by a nobody with a girl’s name. Would the NBA tolerate a championship by the Rockets or the Bucks? Of course not. It’s bad business.”
Tom Boonen concurred. “Either I or Fabian should have won today, everyone said so, including me and Fabian, so it’s only fair that Niki got DQ’d. You have to remember that unlike the premier European soccer leagues, in cycling we don’t have refs who can make sure that the fix is in. Niki had the ride of his life, but with Fabian being declared the winner it really sets up a more dynamic spring classics season for 2015.”
CAS appeal possible
Although Terpstra has promised to appeal his disqualification to CAS, a long line of precedent suggests that a successful appeal is unlikely. According to attorney Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “ASO will be able to prove without question that no one has any idea who Terpstra is. He’s less than unknown. He’s a mote of irrelevance in a niche sport within a micro-fissure of anonymity.”
Others are less sure. According to one sports lawyer, Terpstra may have a chance on appeal. “While it’s true that famous races in general must be won by famous racers, there are exceptions such as Van Summeren’s win in 2011, Guesdon’s in 1997, and the forgettable Servais Knaven in 2001. If these non-entitites can have their names engraved at the velodrome in Roubaix, why not Terpstra as well?”
The answer appears to lie in the historic clash between Boonen and Cancellara, according to Rousseau. “If this were a normal year it would perhaps be acceptable to throw a bone to a nobody. But this year is far from normal. We must ensure that the results comport with the marketing opportunities.”
“It’s a shame to strip him of the win, but it’s even more of a shame for a great race like this to be won by a nobody with a girl’s name.” OMD, this is Cancellara FABulous
While Boonen was in a Rant with the other escapees for not working as hard, and Fabian was “waiting for the last moment to sprint” because he knew he couldn’t get away, Terpstra did exactly what Merckx the Great One would have done…he attacked from the front at the most difficult time and dug deep to make it work, deservedly the victor.
Yes, but was he really famous enough? That’s the question.
Dutch rule. Love Nikki. Was he stripped in the infamous showers?
Have you noticed how they all shower in the team bus now? No more homoerotic photos of Eddy and Roger naked and covered in sludge in the gang showers at Roubaix.
The homo-erotic thing works pretty good for rap. Maybe cycling needs more of it.
How could it have more? Adult hairless men riding around in their underwear …
Now we know why Hincapies fork broke……just sayin’
He wasn’t nearly famous enough.
Ha! Hope he gets a copy of this somehow.
He’s sitting here next to me, sobbing on my shoulder. Poor fellow.
Perfect solution, we get to see a great race and then even better the people who are supposed to win did! Why didn’t anyone think of this before?
Pro soccer and Formula 1 appear to have.
I can’t believe stuff like this goes on an we only read about it here. Really glad Wankmeister gets to the bottom of the story!
Yes, someone has to loaf on the couch all day in order to get to the truth.
Terpstra really is a good sport.
Yes, he is!
I don’t believe it, you’ve gone too far!
Okay, I’ll come back a foot or so.
P.S. I’m slightly lysdexic and read the category as Pro carp. Wondered when you’d become a fishing blog….
Pro carp fishing is the bomb!
At least he got some KOM’S and we all know that’s what really counts!
Yeah. Racing’s for the birds. Strava is for racers.
My computer freezes on Strava links.
Is that by design?