Welsh rider Luke Rowe has been fined and docked factors for “assault, intimidation, insults, threats, improper conduct” after stage three of the Tour de France.
Rowe had dropped again to assist Ineos Grenadiers colleague Geraint Thomas, who injured a shoulder in a crash.
After the £235 high-quality and 20 UCI factors have been imposed, Rowe tried to elucidate occasions.
On social media Rowe mentioned folks have been “making the unsuitable assumption”.
Thomas was handled for dislocated his shoulder early on within the 182.9km stage, considered one of a number of such incidents on the day.
With the assistance of Rowe and extra Staff Ineos riders, Thomas made up a three-minute-plus hole to regain contact with the peloton.
Thomas’ situation will probably be reassessed forward of stage 4 whereas Rowe could also be aware of occasions in 2019 that led to his expulsion from that 12 months’s race.
Rowe posted: “We have been three minutes behind chasing with G [Thomas} after the crash. Usually below the circumstances you get some assist from crew automobiles. The jury allowed us nothing. After we lastly returned to the peleton (sic) I spoke to the jury and mentioned this was not right below the intense circumstances of a nasty crash and a mangled shoulder.
“I shouted on the jury and mentioned some phrases i should not of (sic). There ya have it, peace out ✌️ #chill.”
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