The 2 riders clashed with 14 kilometers to go within the race’s 17th stage on Wednesday as Martin cycled throughout Rowe, nearly forcing the Welshman off the street.
Rowe in flip responded by grabbing and pushing his rival it was broadly reported. The UCI later disqualified later each riders for “acts of violence.”
“I do really feel fairly exhausting achieved by,” Rowe mentioned on the finish of the stage.
“I spent one of the best a part of an hour in that UCI van with the video tapes and I used to be attempting to combat my battle however I used to be additionally attempting to combat Tony’s. I mentioned you may’t be throwing Tony out and you may’t throw myself out for this.”
The choice is a giant blow for Staff Ineos, with captain Rowe enjoying a key function in serving to lead rider Geraint Thomas defend his Tour de France title with 4 days remaining.
Thomas at the moment trails Julian Alaphilippe, who’s aiming to turn into the primary Frenchman to win Le Tour since 1985.
Martin’s disqualification will even impression his Staff Jumbo-Visma, which hopes to safe a podium place for Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk.
“It is nonetheless a giant shock and I really feel tremendous dangerous and unhappy leaving the workforce at this vital a part of the race,” mentioned Martin.
“We’re combating for the rostrum to Paris and leaving the workforce on this method is absolutely dangerous. I feel additionally it is a exhausting choice from the jury and to this point now we have to simply accept it.”
Each riders’ groups confirmed they wish to attraction the choice and launched a joint assertion protesting what they deemed a “very harsh” verdict.
“Luke and Tony acknowledged it for what it was — a minor spat on the street on the finish of a sweltering day within the saddle,” says the assertion.
“It did not have an effect on some other rider and it did not drawback some other workforce. They rode to the tip of the stage collectively the place they each shook arms. There was no in poor health will and so they clearly nonetheless have quite a lot of respect for each other.
“We consider it’s unjust that their Tour may come to an finish over one thing like this at this level within the race.”