Italian rider Gianni Moscon of Team Sky has been disqualified from this year's Tour de France, captured on camera attempting to punch Fortuneo-Samsic's Elie Gesbert in the opening moments of today's 15th stage.
That misdemeanour earned the Italian a written warning from Team Sky, who said at the time: "Gianni Moscon has been given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks".
Race officials took the decision after Moscon was involved in a fracas with a rider from the Fortuneo team shortly after the stage start in Millau.
Sky has uncommon wealth, vast ambition and an ability to stock its roster with riders with the talent to lead any squad in the peloton--all of which has created an unexpected headache.
With the Pyrenees looming, Thomas had his last calm ride wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday. The second summit finish tightened Thomas's grip and raised genuine questions about whether he would be allowed to try to win the Tour de France.
So far, Thomas and Froome have not attacked each other, but that uneasy truce could be put to the test as the race enters its decisive phase.
"It's not a nice situation, and obviously we would prefer everyone to love us, but I'm not sure there's anything we've done, or especially that I've done, to deserve it", he said.
Thomas, Froome and the rest of the overall contenders slowly rolled across the finish line at Carcassonne and its medieval city walls 13 minutes after stage victor Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark.
The only sustained attack against Thomas came from Daniel Martin, who is 10th at nearly seven minutes behind.
The only serious attack by a top-10 rider in the overall standings came from Dan Martin, the UAE Emirates leader, who tried a getaway while going up the Pic de Nore but was reeled in on the way down.
There was also a half-hearted and short-lived attempt by Bardet to slip away on a downhill.
The irony is that Thomas had just been saying how nice it was to have a day in which he did not have to "fight", with Team Sky controlling the bunch behind the day's breakaway. We're trying to remain dignified, we're trying not to react and we're trying not to get distracted by it.
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