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The UCI’s Disciplinary Commission has suspended Astana’s Andrey Grivko for 45 days from 1 May to 14 June 2017, for the punch incident between him and Marcel Kittel at the Dubai Tour earlier this year.
— Johan Rouquet (@johan_rouquet) February 2, 2017
Grivko threw the punch at Kittel amidst a tense stage due to strong crosswinds. Grivko was subsequently kicked out of the race after the finish and the Astana team issued an apology.
However, Kittel was not satisfied with that called for a six-month ban for the 33-year-old Ukrainian rider.
“In fighting for position, and as it was confirmed by Kittel himself, he has roughly pushed with his shoulder [first] my teammate Dmitriy Gruzdev, and then me, creating a very tense and dangerous situation that could cause not only my fall, but a big crash in the peloton,” Grivko later said. “Perhaps I got emotional, and it has nothing to do with cycling, but in extreme situations, when exists a question of safety, it is difficult to stay calm.”
The decision is based on article 12.1.005 of the UCI Regulations.