GAP – Defending champion Geraint Thomas's Ineos team mate Luke Rowe and German Tony Martin have been disqualified from the Tour de France following a brawl during the 17th stage, organisers said on Wednesday.
Both riders were seen tangling near the top of the last climb of the day as they appeared to fight for position, which led to their disqualification by the race stewards.
Martin is a Lotto Jumbo-Visma team mate of Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk, who is third overall and 12 seconds adrift of second-placed Thomas.
Race stewards report to the International Cycling Union (UCI) and communicate their daily decisions to the Tour organisers.
"To come here with this team, a bunch of good mates, I feel like I've let them down and of course let myself down," said Rowe.