Orica-GreenEDGE was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons on the opening stage of the Tour de France.
The team bus got caught under the finish-line gantry, being moved only minutes before the peloton came thundering home.
Orica-GreenEDGE was hit with a fine of 2000 Swiss Francs ($2314) by organisers, who blamed the team for "not respecting the timetable put in place for auxiliary team vehicles arriving at the stage finish".
"Obviously, this was a really unfortunate situation," said Orica-GreenEDGE sports director Matt White.
"The bus was led under the finish gantry, and we took for granted that there was enough clearance. We’ve had this bus since we started the team, and it’s the same bus we took to the Tour last year.
"Our bus driver was told to move forward and became lodged under the finish gantry. He followed all instructions in the process that followed thanks to the hard work by ASO that allowed him to remove the bus before the finish. It was the best possible outcome given the situation.
"It was hectic there in the final. Over the radio, we received information that the finish line had been brought forward 3km due to the fact that our bus was still lodged under the finish line. The frantic efforts to clear the bus proved successful, we had a few minutes notice that that finish line had been moved to its original place."
Yellow jersey to Kittel. Yellow tape measure to Orica Greenedge bus driver. #tdf— Michael Hutchinson (@Doctor_Hutch) June 29, 2013
At least the arguement of 'my bus is bigger than yours' amongst the big teams is now settled.— Daniel Lloyd (@daniellloyd1) June 29, 2013
Joking aside, our bus driver is devasted. He's an awesome guy and (unlike me) a great driver. He was being told to keep moving forward.— Brian Nygaard (@nygaardbn) June 29, 2013
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