UCI suspends rider already disqualified for striking Marcel Kittel
Marcel Kittel was left cut and bleeding. Action has been taken by the UCI.
Nearly three months after being ejected from the Dubai Tour for striking Marcel Kittel in the face, Andrey Grivko has been suspended by the UCI.
The Astana rider will serve a 45-day suspension following the incident on February 2nd.
Grivko had already apologised, though that was rejected by Kittel. Because of the matter he had been ejected from the race.
He became involved in a row with Kittel in a line-out on stage 3. The Astana man took his hands off the bars and lashed out at Kittel leaving his face cut and bleeding.
L’arcade en sang de Marcel Kittel. L’Allemand a-t-il reçu un coup ? #lequipeVELO
— la chaine L’ÉQUIPE (@lachainelequipe) February 2, 2017
The 45-day ban, which will impact a sizeable chunk of his season, begins on May 1st and runs to June 14th.
However, he will still be free to ride the Tour de France. Confirmation of the ban came in a UCI statement this afternoon.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that its disciplinary commission has decided to suspend Andrey Grivko for a period of 45 days,” it said.
Furthermore, it confirmed the ban began on May 1st and related to “an incident” that occurred at Dubai Tour.
Violent actions or damaging image
The decision was based on “article 12.1.005 of the UCI Regulations”, it added. Finally, it said it did not intend making any further comment on the case.
Under the article cited, bans can be imposed on anyone who “behaves in a violent manner or uses defamatory or abusive language” at races.
In addition, it sets out a ban can be imposed if a person acts to “blemish the image, reputation or interests of cycling or the UCI”.