Vincenzo Nibali: My punishment was too severe - this happens in every race

Vincenzo Nibali says he doesn't believe he deserved to get thrown off the Vuelta a España for holding on to his team car on stage two after a crash

Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome on stage two of the 2015 Tour of Spain (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali is packing his bags this morning and heading home from the Vuelta a España after only racing 160 kilometres.

The race jury kicked out the 2010 winner after stage two for taking a long tow from his Astana team car while chasing back. The team, however, defends its actions.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.