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Nico Denz and Alexandre Geniez were caught on camera accepting illegal assistance during Sunday's stage...

AG2R-La Mondiale has sent two riders home from the Vuelta after they were filmed holding onto a team car on Sunday's Stage 15 to Sierra Nevada.

The UCI WorldTour team said it had decided to withdraw Nico Denz and Alexandre Geniez “after viewing the video footage that showed two of our riders intentionally holding onto the team car.”

In a statement published on Twitter, Geniez said he had “made a mistake” in holding on to the car.

Regarding his withdrawal from the race, he said: “It’s difficult but I have to accept it.”

He added: “I apologise sincerely to the organisers and the public but also to my team mates for behaviour that goes against the values of my employer.”

Following yesterday's second rest day, rqacing resumes today with a 40.2-kilometre individual time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logroño.

 

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