Jumbo-Visma sports director Merijn Zeeman has been expelled from the Tour de France after a confrontation with a UCI official following Wednesday’s stage 17.
Zeeman’s expulsion was announced in the jury report after Thursday’s 18th stage. The report cited Zeeman for “intimidation, insults, improper behavior by a member of a team towards a UCI official during the bicycle check carried out at the end of stage 17.”
In addition to kicking Zeeman out of the race, the jury also fined him 2,000 Swiss francs.
In a series of Tweets following Thursday’s stage, Zeeman said that he became angry after Primoz Roglic’s bike was damaged during a disassembly requested by the UCI official.
“I did not behave verbally correctly yesterday to a UCI commissioner who wanted to check the bike of our leader Primoz [Roglic]. I got angry because the commissioner wanted to independently disassemble the bracket from Primoz’s bike,” Zeeman wrote.
“Primoz’s bicycle was damaged during this disassembly. Despite this incident, I should have kept my cool and approached the UCI Commissioner respectfully. I regret not doing this.
“After this incident, I immediately apologized to the UCI commissioner concerned, who also accepted my apologies.
“I am devastated, but our yellow dream lives on.”