Merijn Zeeman, the sports director of Jumbo-Visma, is very uncomfortable with having to leave the Tour de France on Thursday.
The Dutchman was punished by the Tour organization for an incident with a jury member.
The incident took place on Wednesday after the seventeenth ride, when a UCI commissioner damaged the bicycle of yellow jersey carrier Primoz Roglic during a check.
Zeeman was still in the team leader's car during the eighteenth stage on Thursday, but was still put off course.
"I have verbally incorrectly behaved towards a UCI commissioner who wanted to do a bike check on Primoz's bike. I got angry because the commissioner wanted to independently disassemble the bracket from Primoz's bike," Zeeman writes in a statement. on Twitter.
"During this dismantling, Primoz's bike was damaged. Despite this incident, I should have kept my cool and approached the UCI commissioner respectfully. I regret not doing this."
And further: "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."
Leader Roglic is on his way to the overall victory in the Tour on behalf of Jumbo-Visma.
The Slovenian makes a very strong impression and has a 57 seconds lead in the standings over Tadej Pogacar, his closest competitor.
The biggest cycling race in the world ends on Sunday.
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