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Froome wins at Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, D’hoore best in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest
Following a video released on social media on Monday showing two riders from Ag2r La Mondiale holding onto the team car and being towed uphill, the French squad has reacted by removing Alexandre Geniez and Nico Denz from the race.
— Scott O’Raw (@velocast) September 4, 2017
It communicated the news in a press release issued on Tuesday morning.
“After viewing the video footage that showed two of our riders intentionally holding onto the team car during the 20th stage on Sunday, September 3rd, the management of the Ag2r La Mondiale team has decided to withdraw Alexandre Geniez and Nico Denz from the Vuelta a Espana.
“The Ag2r La Mondiale team sincerely apologizes to the organizers and the public for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of our riders, which is contrary to our values and our ethics.”
However at this point in time it seems that there is zero punishment for the driver of the car, who is also from the French squad.