With still all to play for and Julian Alaphilippe refusing to surrender, tensions ran high during Stage 17 of the Tour de France as loyal lieutenants for their respective teams Luke Rowe (Ineos) and Tony Martin (Jumbo Visma) let their emotions get the better of them. The apologetic and repentant pair were kicked off the Tour.
It was a rare, strange moment which somehow doesn't happen more often.
Tomo: Both were in the wrong and were given the correct treatment. I say nothing wrong with a bit of fisty-cuffs in professional sport but the penalties in cycling are so severe so why bother.
Macca: A little hot under the collar, it's not the first time we've seen this at the Tour de France.
Christophe: It was like kids, being kids, except they’re not kids anymore, honestly the funniest in a cringe worthy way was the apology that followed.