Denifl wins at Vuelta, Gaviria best in Britain, Froome under pressure: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 7, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks; Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain; Vos in leader’s jersey after Lotto Belgium Tour stage 1 victory; Froome puts brave face on time loss; Contador goes close to swansong stage win; Bookwalter forced out of Tour of Britain after riders hit parked car; Chloe Hosking to appeal Road Worlds non-selection: “This is bigger than my personal ego”; Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident; Video: Another don’t try this at home moment with Vittorio Brumotti; Video: Star Wars-inspired cycling jerseys released; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, stage 16

Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident

by VeloClub

When the Ag2r La Mondiale team announced on Tuesday that it was removing two of its riders from the Vuelta a España after they were recorded holding onto their team car heading up a climb, the news was welcomed. However the exclusions of Alexandre Geniez and Nico Denz begged one question: how could the team fault the riders and not the driver of the car who tolerated the action?

The Vuelta a España jury saw things the same way and subsequently acted on the matter. L’Equipe confirmed on Wednesday that directeur sportif Didier Jannel had been disqualified from the race. He was also handed a 200 Swiss franc fine.

The UCI commissioners also announced ‘the exclusion of the car number two from AG2R La Mondiale until the end of the race, without the option of replacement.’

According to the French newspaper, the video in question was filmed from inside the Team Sky car. It was passed onto broadcaster Scott O’Raw, who circulated it on Twitter on Monday without revealing the sources.