The motorcycle driver responsible for causing a crash with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) on the Col du Glandon during stage 18 of the Tour de France has been ejected from the remaining three stages of the race.
The Astana rider was at the front of the race in the day’s breakaway when the incident occurred.
“I got driven down from a motorbike from behind, ridiculous,” Fuglsang told reporters after the crossing the line with blood dripping from his left elbow.
Fuglsang, who has finished second on a stage for three year’s running at the Tour, crossed the line in fifth place, 59 seconds down on winner Romain Bardet (AG2R).
A post-stage communiqué from race organisers announced exit from the race for the motorbike driver 538 for “dangerous driving that caused the fall of the rider”.
Explaining the crash in further detail, Fuglsang said there was no warning the motorcycle was approaching him from behind.
“No, I was in the front pulling out to change with Bardet and the motorcycle came from behind and took out my handlebar and took me down,” he said.
Describing the stage as one he had targeted for king of the mountains points and possibly victory, Fuglsang said the motorcyclist was lucky he was nowhere to be seen on the finish line.
“I was focusing the whole day on this climb to go away and actually in front in going away to collect mountain points of course, that’s not nice but he can be happy that he’s not close to me now, that motorcycle guy,” he explained.