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Tony Martin and Luke Rowe expelled from Tour de France after Stage 17 incident

Both riders also fined and docked UCI points despite claiming things are 'all good' between them

Jack Elton-Walters
24 Jul 2019

Luke Rowe (Team Ineos) and Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) have been kicked off the 2019 Tour de France after the end of Stage 17 following an incident between the two road captains during the day's race. The pair were seen clashing multiple times on the final 4th category climb near the end of the stage, and were asked to report to the race commissaires at the finish in Gap.

At the end of the stage Rowe appeared calm when he spoke to the television crews, dismissing the incident as nothing and saying things were 'all good' between him and Martin.

However, the race jury took a very different view of the incident and decided to eject both riders from the race. The pair were also both fined CHF1000 and docked 50 UCI points.

With three hard racing days to go before Sunday's merry dance around Paris on Stage 21, both riders' teams will miss their strongman enforcers.

Rowe has been a key part of most of Team Sky/Ineos's previous Tour wins while Martin's sheer power will be sorely missed by Steven Kruijswijk as he aims for the final podium in Paris.

Six riders remain in contention to win this year's Tour, and will be looking to their teams for as much support as possible as they take on 11 more categorised climbs including two summit finishes in the next three stages.