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Luke Rowe fined for altercation with jury at Tour de France

Will Strickson
29 Jun 2021

Ineos Grenadiers' road captain had a verbal disagreement with the jury following Geraint Thomas's crash on Stage 3

Ineos Grenadiers road captain Luke Rowe has been slapped with a 300CHF fine and docked 20 UCI points for an incident with the Tour de France jury on Stage 3.

As reported by La Flamme Rouge on Twitter, the jury cited Rowe for 'assault, intimidation, insults, threats, improper conduct', causing some to believe the Welshman was involved in a physical clash.

Rowe responded to assure people that this was not the case, 'I need to clarify what happened here as a lot of people making the wrong assumption. We were three minutes behind chasing with G [Geraint Thomas] after the crash. Normally under the circumstances you get some help from team cars. The jury allowed us nothing.

'When we finally returned to the peloton I spoke to the jury and said this was not correct under the extreme circumstances of a nasty crash and a mangled shoulder. I shouted at the jury and said some words I shouldn't have.'

Thomas had discolated his shoulder in the incident, with doctors popping it back in roadside before he was guided back to the main group, later finishing 26 seconds down at the same time as Tadej Pogačar in the hectic finish.

Following a scan last night, the team confirmed Thomas hasn't suffered a fracture in the crash and would be reassessed before today's stage.

Alongside Rowe's fine, Astana-Premier Tech's Hugo Houle was fined 200CHF for urinating in public and Bora-Hansgrohe's polka-dot jersey wearer Ide Schelling was fined 200CHF and given a 20 second penalty for feeding in the final 20km of the race.

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