Andriy Grivko claims Marcel Kittel spat at him during Dubai Tour dust-up

Astana rider says that incident was triggered by Kittel's dangerous riding

Andriy Grivko and Marcel Kittel clashed on stage three of the Dubai Tour

(Image credit: Sunada)

Andriy Grivko has taken to social media to give his side of the story about the incident that saw him disqualified from the Dubai Tour for punching Marcel Kittel.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, the Ukrainian admitted that he had acted in an "unsportsmanlike" manner, but also claimed that he was responding to dangerous riding by Kittel, and that the German spat at him after the incident.

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