Marcel Kittel recently had his head broken during the Tour of Dubai races after receiving a blow from an Astana cyclist that left him bleeding seriously.
This incidence perpetrated in the heat of the Tour of Dubai stage 3 raceby an Astana cyclist, the team being directed by Alexander Vinokourov, led to the cyclist by name Andriy Grivko being disqualified.
Kittel who was in the lead in the races, made a statement on the incident.
“I was beaten by Andriy Grivko of Astana, so I had blood on my face, not because I had fallen. My team worked well in the Tour but I was not in the right position and maybe my head was elsewhere too”
The German had to keep his head from bleeding too much during the races. However, the cause of the altercation is yet unknown.
Marcel Kittel and Quick-Step Floors received an apology from the Astana Pro Team for the unwarranted behavior of Andrei Grivko. The Ukrainian cyclist, Grivko was also expelled by the organization and nothing has been heard from him yet pertaining to the incidence.
In the third stage, the race was won by John Dagenkolb of the Trek-Segafredo team. The fourth stage of the competition is scheduled to hold on Friday.
The cyclists are expected to travel no less than 172 kilometers between Dubai and Hatta dam.
Midway through the stage three, Kittel was seen discussing with race commissaries. At the end, UCI officials took the decision to disqualify the Astana cyclist.
So far, none of the duo has commented on the exact cause of the issue. Some riders on the Tour however had it that Kittel had been lambasting others for dangerous riding, before Grivko rode up to him and punched him in the head.