Sean Yates suspended from Tour de France for a day after bottle-throwing incident

Tinkoff-Saxo sports director Sean Yates given one-day ban after team mechanic throws bottle at TV cameraman during Tour de France stage 15

Tinkoff-Saxo mechanic throws bottle at a TV car during stage 15 of the Tour de France

Tinkoff-Saxo sports director Sean Yates has been suspended from his duties for a day at the Tour de France by race commissaires after an incident during Sunday's stage 15 that saw a team mechanic throwing a bottle at a television motorbike crew.

The incident occurred as the team's Peter Sagan tried to pull up at the side of the road to change his bike in the final 35km of the stage. Sagan had gesticulated to the motorbike to get out of the way but the bike appeared to get in between Sagan and his team car, causing tempers to momentarily flare.

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