Luke Rowe of Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin have apologised in a joint video interview after both riders were expelled from the Tour de France following an incident towards the end of today’s Stage 17 into Gap, although both insist that the decision to disqualify them was too harsh. Both teams plan to appeal the decision.
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) July 24, 2019
Video showed Martin apparently swerving towards Rowe, almost forcing him off the road, before the Welshman then seems to shove the German.
Look what Rowe did. pic.twitter.com/zBqKRYr6ed
— kd (@kd2357) July 24, 2019
The expulsions, made by the UCI race jury, deprive Team Ineos of its road captain as Geraint Thomas seeks to defend his title, and Jumbo-Visma’s Steven Kruijswijk of a key team member as the race heads into the Alps.
Thomas currently sits second on General Classification, 1 minute 35 seconds behind race leader Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-Quick Step, with Kruijswijk – now down to five team-mates – a further 12 seconds back in third place.
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