Ineos workforce principal Sir Dave Brailsford: “They’ve made the decision to expel Tony and Luke from the race, which feels incredibly harsh if I’m honest.”
Final Up to date: 24/07/19 7:17pm
Crew Ineos street captain Luke Rowe and Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin have been expelled from the Tour de France after clashing on stage 17.
Footage confirmed Martin virtually using Rowe off the street late within the 200km stage from Pont du Gard, with Rowe then retaliating by grabbing the German.
UCI commissaires took the choice to expel each riders after calling them to evaluate video footage after the stage.
The choice may have big ramifications within the battle for the yellow jersey, with Rowe a key rider for defending champion Geraint Thomas and Martin an enormous a part of Steven Kruijswijk’s workforce.
Thomas sits second total, 95 seconds behind Julian Alaphilippe, with Kruijswijk in third, an additional 12 seconds again.
Rowe stated: “To return right here with this workforce, a bunch of excellent mates, I really feel like I’ve allow them to down and naturally let myself down.
“We had been each attempting to do a job. Perhaps we each overstepped the mark barely, but it surely feels harsh to be thrown off the race, each of us.
“Neither of us deserve that. There are a lot of people supporting you, watching you. It’s pretty hard.”
Ineos workforce principal Sir Dave Brailsford known as the choice “severe”.
“They’ve made the decision to expel Tony and Luke from the race, which feels incredibly harsh if I’m honest,” he stated.
“I’ve simply had a watch of the clip. There is not any doubt about it, Tony minimize up Luke just a little bit, he is sort of fought for his place just a little bit.
“It is nothing greater than you see most days of the race. It is a fairly harsh choice.
“I think a yellow card would have been merited but a red card, for both riders in fact, feels a bit severe to me.”
Italian rider Matteo Trentin received Stage 17 after pulling away from a bunch of breakaway riders to seal his third profession stage win on the Tour, however first since 2014.
Kasper Asgreen completed in second place, 37 seconds behind, with Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet finishing the rostrum.