Tony Fernandes pleaded guilty to naivety on Friday and said he had let his heart rule his head with Queens Park Rangers.
Andre Greipel won the second stage of the Tour of Belgium from Danny van Poppel to make it a second win from two.
Italy's Giovanni Visconti took a second - and his Movistar team's fourth - win of the Giro after an audacious solo attack in stage 17.
German powerhouse Andre Greipel claimed the opening stage of the Tour of Belgium.
Giovanni Visconti defied the snow to take a remarkable solo victory at the Marco Pantani monument on the Col du Galibier in stage 15.
Britain's Mark Cavendish won the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia after another thrilling bunch sprint in Cherasco.
Theo Bos sprinted to victory in stage three but Alexander Kristoff finished second to stay in the lead of the Tour of Norway.
Alexander Kristoff won his second stage in a row at the Tour of Norway, beating Edvald Boasson Hagen again in stage two.
Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas restored some pride to the Garmin-Sharp squad with a strong stage 11 solo win.
Marcel Kittel won the Tour de Picardie in stunning style as he won the third and final stage of the race in Soissons.
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