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Dubai puncher Grivko banned for 45 days

UCI suspends Astana cyclist Andrei Grivko for 45 days due to bloody altercation with German Marcel Kittel at the Dubai Tour in February. (Astana), who was kicked off the Tour of Dubai for punching a rival, was suspended for 45 days, May 1 to June 14, by the Disciplinary Commission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Thursday.

LIÈGE, Belgium (AFP) — Ukraine cyclist Andrei Grivko (Astana), who was kicked off the Tour of Dubai for punching a rival, was suspended for 45 days, May 1 to June 14, by the Disciplinary Commission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Thursday.

Grivko was disqualified in Dubai in February for punching race leader Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) who was left with blood pouring down his face.

The UCI didn’t give a reason for banning the 33-year-old Grivko who will be sidelined from May 1 to June 14.

Kittel took to Twitter immediately after the incident saying the Grivko’s action was a “shame” for the sport.

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In a statement, the Astana team had qualified the gesture of his rider as “unsportsmanlike and unacceptable.” The Kazakh team has already presented its apologies to Kittel.