Both André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) were relegated to 9nd and 93rd places respectively after clashes in the final kilometre of today’s eighth stage of the Tour de France.
Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) took his second stage win after passing Peter Sagan (BORA hansgrohe) and Greipel. Second and third on the line, Greipel and Gaviria were later disqualified by the judges.
In footage of the sprint, Greipel and Gaviria could be seen clashing with a few hundred metres to go as Gaviria tried to squeeze through a gap alongside the barriers on the left-hand side of the road and appeared to push Greipel with his head.
Greipel however, was actually relegated for an incident earlier in the sprint where he had clashed with a Team Sunweb rider.
Greipel seemed unaware that he actually been relegated for a different incident as he tweeted afterwards: “Nothing more to say about that decision of the jury-when you do your sprint you keep a line-I have no eyes in my back and I don’t let myself get pushed out of the way from nobody-hard to accept to get already robbed for the stage win and now the commissaries even take away 2nd???”