On March 2 in Villena, in the province of Alicante, an amateur race was the scene of an incredible scene. According to the Ciclo 21 website, taken over by Marca and 20 Minutes, only 52 of the 182 registered runners crossed the finish line.

If the event was won by the Ukrainian Oleg Chuzdha (professional from 2006 to 2012), the strangest thing happened far from him. The presence of agents from Celad, the Spanish commission to combat doping in sport, pushed many runners to tear off their bibs. And to evoke falls or other punctures… imaginary to justify their renunciation.

The organizing committee, overwhelmed and stunned by the scale of the phenomenon, published a press release this Wednesday to claim “the pride of being an event which defends clean and fair cycling”.

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