Merijn Zeeman, sports director of Jumbo-Visma, has been expelled from the Tour. He insulted a UCI member during a bike control after the seventeenth stage. Zeeman was also fined 2,000 Swiss francs (over 1,850 euros).
Primoz Roglic, leader of the team, rides with three stages to go in the yellow leader‘s jersey. The Dutch cycling formation, which includes Robert Gesink, Tom Dumoulin and Wout van Aert in the Tour, already won three stages this Tour de France.
The 41-year-old Zeeman is one of the driving forces behind the advance of Jumbo-Visma in recent years. At the age of 23, after a career as an amateur rider, Zeeman became the youngest team leader in the Netherlands.
In 2013, he switched from Skil-Shimano to the team that is on its way to winning the Tour for the first time. Zeeman is co-responsible for the team set-up in the cycling races.
The team will respond to Zeeman’s penalty as soon as possible.