In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: UAE rider Polanc wins atop Mt. Etna at Giro d’Italia, Jungels moves into maglia rosa; Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk; Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France; Nibali loses Moreno after disqualification for fighting; New race leader Jungels sees Giro as career milestone, but uncertain about chances of holding pink; Thomas jumps to second thanks to finish-line bonus; Zakarin only race contender to break elastic; Dennis out of Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I felt good on the climb; ‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house tomorrow; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Audio: Six years after his passing, Elke Weylandt remembers brother Wouter’s character; Video: How Eritrean Cycling Made it to the Top of the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – stage four pre-race
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Three months after Astana’s Andriy Grivko was disqualified from the Dubai Tour for punching then-race leader Marcel Kittel, another rider has been ejected from an event for fighting. Spaniard Javier Moreno was shown the door by the Giro d’Italia race jury on Tuesday, hours after he was involved in a tussle with Italy’s Diego Rosa.
The altercation came as the riders raced towards Mount Etna. With 19 kilometres remaining TV cameras picked up the tussle, showing Moreno grabbing Rosa’s jersey and shunting him to the left.
“My teammates and me were all in the line coming to the final climb, Team Sky came up on the left and Rosa wanted to get onto my teammates’ wheel in front of me,” Moreno said. “When he realized I was resisting, he aggravated me to which I reacted by pushing him, unfortunately causing him to crash. I want to apologize for my reaction and make it clear that it was not my intention for him to crash. I apologize to him and Team Sky, as well as to my teammates and sponsors.”
I had an excellent view of the tantrum and punches, then had to dodge Rosa as he crashed into spectators. This garbage needs to be punished! https://t.co/5O9B9b5IcU
— Chad Haga (@ChadHaga) May 9, 2017
Moreno and Rosa pic.twitter.com/tvKewuyhL5
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) May 9, 2017
Nibali is the race’s defending champion and may well rue the loss of a key helper, particularly if the team has to defend the Maglia Rosa later in the race.