French Cyclist Julien Bernard Fined for Kissing His Wife After Stage of Tour de France

Frenchman Julien Bernard Fined After Kissing Wife During Tour de France Stage

French cyclist Julien Bernard learned that France may not quite be the land of l'amour that he thought it was after being hit with a fine at the Tour de France. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) levied the penalty after Bernard paused to kiss his wife and young son during a climb through the stage 7 time trial.

The UCI deemed the time out "inappropriate behavior" and fined Bernard €200 for "unseemly or inappropriate behavior during the race and damage to the image of sport," Fox News reported.

Video of the event shows that few in the crowd felt the kiss was in any way "inappropriate" as they cheered Bernard on.

"I'm sorry, UCI, for damaging the image of the sport," Bernard said in a post on X. "But I'm willing to pay €200 every day and experience this moment again."

Bernard further explained that his wife had organized a whole day for the cyclist's supporters in their hometown.

"It was really incredible," he said. "My wife has been organizing this with some friends for a few weeks now, and she did a really, really good job."

Bernard said that he knew his wife and son would be cheering him on and that he was looking forward to seeing them.

"I wanted to enjoy every second with my friends and family. It was a dream moment for me," he said.

Bernard's time of 32:03 was the 61st fastest time on the stage, and Belgium's Remco Evenepoel eventually won the stage.

This is not the first time that the UCI has fined a cyclist for celebratory behavior at the Tour de France. In 2018, Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk was fined a total of €2,000 for lifting his jersey to show off his shredded abs at the finish line.

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