Team Ineos hope Luke Rowe disqualification won’t be a distraction in the Alps at Tour de France 2019

As the race enters its decisive final weekend, Geraint Thomas will need to put the controversy out of his mind

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Team Ineos hope Luke Rowe’s disqualification from the Tour de France won’t be a distraction in the pivotal final weekend.

Welshman Rowe was kicked off the race as the Tour moves into the decisive Alps phase, where Geraint Thomas hopes to be able to move into the yellow jersey.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.