Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Molano has been disqualified from the Criterium de Dauphine after hitting an opponent twice throughout stage six.
The UAE-Workforce Emirates rider was seen arguing with France’s Hugo Web page within the closing phases earlier than shaking his bike and putting him on the helmet.
Molano, 27, then raced to Web page’s staff bus to remonstrate additional earlier than putting him on the top once more.
He has since apologised on his staff’s Twitter account.
France’s Valentin Ferron gained the stage for Complete Energies from a breakaway.
Web page, 20, of the Intermarche-Wanty Gobert staff didn’t reply bodily in each cases.
Molano has been pulled from a race by his staff earlier than, afterposting “unusual physiological results” during the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
UAE-Workforce Emirates have gained the Tour de France for the previous two seasons via Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar.
The eight-day Dauphine is a high-profile occasion used a warm-up for the Tour, which begins in Copenhagen on 1 July.
There has already been drama after total chief Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma was crushed to the road on stage three by France’s David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ after the Belgian celebrated too early.
Van Aert stays within the yellow jersey, one minute three seconds forward of Italy’s Mattia Cattaneo of Fast Step-Alpha Vinyl.
Britain’s Ethan Hayter of Ineos Grenadiers is fourth, 1min 32secs down, with team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart seventh, an additional 23 seconds adrift.