Tony Martin and Luke Rowe ruled out of Tour de France scramble
For the four-time time trial world champion Tony Martin (Team Jumbo-Visma) is prematurely ended in the Tour de France. After a fight with the British driver Luke Rowe (Team Ineos), both drivers were disqualified, according to a message from the race jury.
On the official results list, the names of Martin and Rowe were marked "out of the race". In addition, both have to pay a fine of around 900 euros.
Both drivers had an argument in the final stages of the 17th stage. Video footage shows how Martin Rowe partly pushes off the road.
"The decision is a joke and completely exaggerated: Tony has worked extremely hard for two and a half weeks, and also left a lot of mental strength, so you should be more merciful and maintain proportionality," said Martins manager Jörg Werner.
The team Jumbo-Visma loses with Martin an important helper for overall third Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands). The team advised on Wednesday evening about a possible objection.
"I think we both did our work, we may have crossed the line a bit, but our exclusion is too hard," Rowe said. "None of us deserves that." Ineos team boss David Brailsford called the decision "incredibly hard".