Jayco-AlUla rider Kristen Faulkner disqualified from Strade Bianche for wearing glucose monitor


Kristen Faulkner (Jayco-AlUla) has been disqualified from the Strade Bianche Women race for wearing a continuous glucose monitoring device at the event.

The rider reportedly appeared to be wearing a sensor underneath her jersey at the Italian Classic and the UCI opened an investigation, which led to speculation that she could face censure.

The UCI have now decided to cancel her recorded time at the event, and disqualified her from the competition.

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“The UCI confirms that Kirsten Faulkner has been disqualified from the 2023 Strade Bianche which took place on 4 March, for breach of article 1.3.006bis of the UCI Regulations due to the wearing of a continuous glucose monitoring sensor throughout the event,” the UCI said to Cyclingnews.

The website reports that the American’s Jayco-AlUla team did not know that the rider was wearing the device, which can monitor blood sugar levels in relation to their feeding, but the UCI does not allow the equipment to be used during race events, though they are in some other sports.

Faulkner reportedly attempted to defend the charge by arguing that while she did have the device on her person, it was not linked to a mobile phone app during the race and therefore was not being used, but that still, according to the UCI, breached their current regulations.

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