Supersapiens-Using Pro, Kristen Faulkner disqualified from Strade Bianche
Kristen Faulkner has been disqualified from the Strade Bianche cycling race of 4th March due to her wearing a Supersapiens Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device, which was in breach of UCI regulations (article 1.3.006bis). She had originally finished third in the race but was later disqualified, with no further sanctions imposed. Faulkner’s claim that there was no performance advantage was dismissed, even though she provided evidence that she had no means to view the performance data.
Supersapiens must have been sufficiently concerned about the recent disqualification of cyclist Kristen Faulkner for using its blood glucose monitor during the Strade Bianche race to issue a press release. However, the company need not worry too much. While the incident provides good PR for the brand, it casts a negative light on the athlete and her team, who displayed joint naivety in using a banned product during the competition. Even I knew that this was not allowed.
The UCI’s ban on Supersapiens is not surprising, as the organization has a tendency to ban just about everything that could provide a novel competitive advantage. Despite Supersapiens’ valid health claims, this ban also serves as evidence that Supersapiens deliver a performance edge to athletes.
Cyclists can still use the product for training purposes to refine their race-day strategies, while triathletes can continue using it in competition.
Supersapiens is lobbying behind the scenes to change the rules and permit the use of its product in competition.
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