AG2R La Mondiale expels two riders from Vuelta a España
Sep 05 2017 02:15 pm CET

AG2R La Mondiale expels two riders from Vuelta a España

AG2R La Mondiale has decided to withdraw two of its riders from the Vuelta a España, in consequence of a video that shows them holding onto the team car during the 15th stage.

Nico Denz and Alexandre Geniez are the riders that have been retired from the race by the team. "After viewing the video footage that showed two of our riders intentionally holding onto the team car during the 15th stage on Sunday, September 3rd, the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team has decided to withdraw Alexandre Geniez and Nico Denz from the Vuelta a Espana," said the team in a press release.

"The AGR2 La Mondiale team sincerely apologizes to the organizers and the public for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of our riders, which is contrary to our values and our ethics."

The video started circulating on social media during the rest day, which caused indignation among the public, journalists and other riders.

After the decision was made, Geniez posted a message on social media. "I've made a great mistake by grabbing the car of my Sport Director at the end of the 15th stage of the Vuelta. The direction of the team AG2R La Mondiale has decided to exclude me from the Vuelta a España. It is difficult to me to accept that," wrote the rider.

"I want to apologise to the race organisers and public but also to my teammates for this behaviour that goes against the values of my employer. I've had a difficult start of the season and now I just want to show on the bike that this incident doesn't reflect my vision of the sport," he concluded.
Image: AG2R La Mondiale logo


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