Tour de France 2019: Luke Rowe and Tony Martin discuss their expulsion from the race

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good to be together guys and incidents the part of cycling and today let's start with you Luke what exactly happened I think it's out there for everyone to see and they can make of it what they want to make of it but I think I can hold my hand up and say I made a mistake and I think you know it's something I've got to live with now and it's you know it's heat at the moment it was hot out there we were fighting for position myself looking after Guerin and Egon and and Tony looking after crows wig and I think you know we both made a mistake and in terms the incident itself the videos out there have a look and make of it what you want but yeah how do you reflect on this Tony what happened to your eyes actually I have the same impression like Luke already said it was heat of the moment there was a big fight for the last climbed to get our captain's into it for sure we were all on attention we wrote five hours in 35 degrees we were also on the limit and then we had to fight yeah you can see it on the video and I'm really sorry for that what happened i felt quite bad directly afterwards but yeah like I said was was the heat of the moment and this sometimes happens in sports but I really want to say sorry to Duke and also to team in years and yeah to the hallway cycling what yeah let's not make the incident to bake as the two of you shook hands immediately after the finish line just to emphasize his part of cycling yeah I mean this top one with 14 kilometers to go we then wrote the climb we spoke about the incident and we put it to sleep we both accepted responsibility you know I'm responsible for what happened and you know it's just one of them things we shook arms and said okay let's forget about it and the last words you said to me as before we cross the line okay and we go again and that's that was that's that was the mentality that we took but yeah it's just it's you know this one of the biggest sporting event in the world a lot of publicity and I just want to say sorry to so many people I think that's the message I only got across obviously to Tony and you know Jimbo Jimbo vis my boys but also to the team in EOS fans my family I think I've let a lot of people down but more so than anyone there seven guys out there my teammates who were gonna you know go to battle the last three days and won't be able to help and and contribute you know a great race so yeah I think the main message here is sorry and to a number of people so Tony after the apology's hearing you're out of the race was of the shock yeah it's still a big shock and I feel super bad and sad and leaving the team and this important part of the races yeah we're fighting for podium and for to Paris and leaving the team this way is really bad and I think also a hard decision from the jury but so far we have to accept it and yeah it's bad feeling can you in some way understand the decision of the jury I think I feel I do feel quite hard done by obviously they're the referees they make the decision and we have to live with that and that's the way it is in every sport you know you have to take it with broad shoulders and essentially they make the decisions that's that being said I do feel like it was a bit over the top you know I spent a best part of an hour in that UCI van with with the videotapes and I was trying to fight my battle but I was also trying to fight Tony as I said you can't throw Tony out he can't throw to throw myself out for this it's too much you what we did wasn't right it was wrong for sure but that does happen in the sport of cycling numerous times a day and I think it was was it was a bit over the top that you know to send us both home so I do feel quite hard done by but it's just something you got to live with now and accept it and you know hopefully we'll both be back doing a similar thing next year obviously you have to live with it but you don't have to agree with it is it too harsh the decision from my side yes I definitely think so and what I would miss is for both of us is like a second chance to say really sorry we take patottie but these letters and race and let us do better the next days and yeah just give us the second chance but so far there isn't one and I'm also sorry for that because so we we also can't really show that we are sorry for this situation and leaving in this way maybe things also the wrong sign so far you're out of the race is there any possibility to appeal is there anything you could say about it I think ourselves along with Tony's team put an appeal but that's for them to deal with I mean that's that's above my pay grade I just ride a bike and we'll see what they can do fingers crossed I don't think there's a big chance I think they made the decision but we can only hope


o1deep killao · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Should not have been DQd it did not effect the race and in any sporting event things get dicey. Should they have done it? No. But I think they are both decent people who didn’t want this to carry on and instantly knew it wasn’t a good move. If it caried over the finish line then I’d see it but they apologized and moved on

hugo max · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

F… the tdf committee. Free Sagan! Remember that they never disqualify french riders, though. Arnaud demare can ride ridiculous sprints (without going straight anyway) every day, and nothing happens. 🤬

Jason Horton · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

The stupidest decision in any sport, it was just a bit of handbag slapping no one was hurt or even lost time

M I · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm


carbonid solo · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Here we go again. For me the Tour is over! I am so dissapointed by the officials. Treating sportsman like schoolboys. I thought this is a race! and things especially under this circumstances can occur. You see two brave sportman able to give hands and apologize. Heads up guys! You show real pro qualities here and the officials do not

Ian Handley · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Rowe should have known better after Moscon last year and Martin after Bennett earlier in this years tour. Fair penalty given the stakes they are playing for, these were professional fouls deserving straight red cards

Notable Art · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

It is a joke expels the riders))) Happy see both sitting side by side.

Ian byrnes · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Luke…….you've let know one down. You and Tony are both brilliant captains and this was just a bit of 'heat of the moment' stuff. Who are the adjudicators punishing….THE FANS!
Typical TDF petty bureaucracy. Oh well one day the French can have the race back to themselves and the rest of the world will not bother watching !

Kikoy Oneone6 · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

You two are big pussieeesssss!

Marcus Ambrester · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Why not just get Tanya Harding to run into the peleton with a bat and start hitting all the strong, non-French riders.

Marcus Ambrester · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

So refreshing to hear guys taking responsibility and not playing ego blame games. I'm an F1 fan too and I can't imagine F1 drivers being this emotionally mature.

Anwar Nuseibeh · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Very harsh decision. You wouldn't get footballers apologising either. Give the guys a break.

Michael Baka · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Definitely too strict. But we have to compliment them on their mature handling of the situation. That in itself says a lot about the sport and that's pretty cool

Simon · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Cycling is pretty strict. Soccer don't send players home from a world cup . For one incident !!

Fred Howland · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Meanwhile hockey players are beating the shit out of each other mid game…

scott cranston · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Way too much! Officials have idea.

Nestor Ramos Delgadillo · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Grande Tony eres un mostró en el pelotón. Saludos cordiales desde Trujillo Venezuela

Scott Hudson · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

My guess is that that if the cameras missed it we wouldn't be having this discussion

Dory Diavelone · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

They accepted their actions it’s bulls- – – -!! I agree with Luke Rowe far too harsh!!!!

Sumin Shizzles · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Harsh decision. A bit too harsh for my liking. The boys sorted it out themselves in the end. What did Carlos Barreda and Rui Costa get for their fight (Throwing wheels and actual punches in the starting zone)? They got nothing and were allowed to continue. This to me is the french attempting to throw the race in their favor.

Dave Moore · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

What about us!! The fans of cycling!! We also make commitments to the sport.

Dave Moore · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

They are fantastic sportsmen!!! Let them ride!! They are true amabasadors and they are slogging their guts out for us to watch!! Let them ride!!

Davidson Ferreira · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

this incident is really nothing to deserve such punishment, UCI is desperate to ensure Alaphilippe has the best chance to win the tour., by expelling all potential help to his rivals… shame on UCI

123Schwimmer · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm


Mev Mev · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Agree far too harsh…if either rider had fallen or caused an actual crash, I would see it, but it happened, it was handled, the riders apologized to one another and shook hands and it was over as fast as it happened. I certainly have to wonder if the punishment would have been this harsh if there weren't a French rider currently in yellow (Alaphilippe) and another in Thibeau Pinot with a shot at taking a spot on the podium over the next few days. I think they should have penalized them with a fine and perhaps take time away from their overall finish, but ejecting them from Le Tour was too much.

From mb Mars · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Not bad for Pinot , what a coincidence. oh, it's in France.

Glenn Johnson · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Two class acts…chapeau! (now let them race!)

chooselife3000 · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Tony Martin looking very handsome, again. This is decision is over the top, too harsh and too unfair.

marcfactor 21 · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Bit harsh, but remember this once was an honored sport with some sort of fairness credibility. Seems to have gone, sad enough. But image one of these crashing into the spectators with their stupidity, things could have gone very wrong. I think its a warning for everyone for the future, still very harsh judgement though.

Lance Peebles · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Both should have known. MOSCON got kicked out last years TDF for throwing and missing a punch while on the bike. Precedent was set last year that physical or attempt of physical altercations going forward would not be tolerated. I am a Tony Martin fan, but as it sucks he got kicked out of the Tour this year, he and Luke are responsible for their actions. At a minimum it would at least be unbecoming of a professional. Whild nobody got hurt or crashed it was the intent of their actions putting fans and other riders at risk due to their behavior. Vive Le Tour time for everyone to move on.

Kyle Essex · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Good to see these guys in the same room. Admit you did wrong and move on… I think the expulsion was a bit of tdf trying to make an example using high profile riders.

Michael McEvoy · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

thanks for this clarification VELON. brilliant to have the guys together describing the situation – from the horse's mouth(s)

Stir It Up · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

The French will do anything to get one of their own on the podium.

Tactical Granny · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Ha! This reminds me off two school kids who have been taken to the headteacher and the headteacher is the interviewer

ianA · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

lame decision, here we have to contrite gentlemen who barely got into it – we've seen Cavendish out in the past because of his major shoulder shoves at a sprint finish. These guys were doing it for positions before a climb, I think it's ridiculous of UCI. I hope this doesn't sour whoever wins the Tour as people may say it's because two of the best teams were purposefully weakened.

JonDinCT · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

One thing that I haven't seen discussed was how the proximity to spectators comes into play. The intentional dodgey bike handling in and of itself doesn't warrant expulsion, as others have said (a warning and/or a fine at best). I think a big problem here was that their behavior put spectators at risk.

Disafear · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Hope we get a non-French winner after this

Bastl · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Two great sportsmen.

Zorroborro · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Isnt sagan more dirty than these two combined?

#MAZ · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

In other sports, players receive a warning before they leave the game. The two riders should get a smaller penalty and a money fine and move on. If they did it again, I would think they could be thrown out of the tour.

GobiLux · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

The Tour trying to go the F1 road: Punish anyone who puts in a bit of a fight!

funny cyclist · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Pathetic decision…. keep your heads up guys, you showed how real pros deal with this, only tdf officials don't get it

Fabricio chvito González · July 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm


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