Roglic team's sports director kicked out of Tour for insulting official

LA ROCHE SUR FORON, France (Reuters) - Merjin Zeeman, a sports director with overall leader Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team, was excluded from the Tour de France for intimidating and insulting a member of the International Cycling Union (UCI) at the end of Thursday’s 17th stage.

The day’s jury report, which lists all the fines handed after a Tour stage, said that Zeeman had also been fined 2,000 Swiss Francs ($2,200) for his behaviour towards an official responsible for inspecting the bikes at the end of the stage.

Jumbo-Visma did not respond to a request for comment.

The UCI check several bikes after a race or a grand tour stage in an effort to fight against mechanical doping.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar