Mark Cavendish and his HTC Highroad team-mate Tony Martin have both received fines for wearing unauthorised designs on their rainbow jerseys.
World road race champion Cavendish and time trial championships winner Martin were each handed down penalties of 5000 Swiss francs, which were later paid by their team.
“The issue concerned both Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin,” said UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani, “a letter was first issued to Mark Cavendish on October 7th in relation to this. That letter was just a warning, not a fine. We reminded him and his team of the obligations he should fulfil after winning world title.”
It seems that the UCI did not receive a jersey proposal from Cavendish and his team, and subsequently issued a reminder. In October, the UCI claimed the jersey worn by Cavendish in Paris-Tours was non-compliant, and the fine was issued. According to Carpani, the team finally submitted a jersey design for approval at 9pm on October 10th, one day after Paris-Tours, and this was approved on October 11th.
Team logos need to be positioned in certain places on the jersey and be within certain dimensions. Cavendish has also been wearing rainbow stripes rather than the more usual bands which extend the full way around the chest, although it is not sure if this is itself against the UCI regulations.
Both riders will compete with different squads next year. Cavendish will race with Sky Procycling, while Martin will ride as part of the Omega Pharma – Quick Step squad, and both teams will be expected to submit their own rainbow jersey designs to the UCI for approval.