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Marcel Kittel 'will not accept apology' after incident at Dubai Tour

Marcel Kittel tweeted in relation to an incident on stage three of the Dubai Tour

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) who was left with blood running down his face on stage three of the Dubai Tour, says he 'won't accept an apology' following the altercation. 

He added, 'that has nothing to do with cycling. What Grivko did is a shame for our beautiful sport.' 

Kittel continued his tweeting, to the amusement of fans... 

The incident first came to light when Kittel's team manager Patrick Lefevere said he was 'beaten by an Astana rider', and footage from the race showed the German with a cut above his eye. 

Following the stage, Kittel stated in an interview that it was Andrei Grivko who had struck him. Lefevere's tweet also says how he hopes the race jury will take action after the incident. 

Kittel can be seen describing the incident to a Dimension Data rider later in the stage.

Despite the altercation Kittel retained the the leader's jersey having won stages one and two.

Stage three was won by Kittel's compatriot John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) after 200km to Al Aqah.

The riders were forced to battle strong winds and desert sands through Dubai, which will be good training ahead of the Belgian Classics which start later this month, only in much lower temperatures. 

The Dubai Tour has two stages remaining, with 172km up to the Hatta Dam on Friday and concludes with 124km to City Walk on Saturday.

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