In a statement released by Lotto Dstny in the aftermath of the incident, van Gils admits he was wrong. "I deeply regret what I did and have already apologised to the race jury. They gave me a fine (50CHF) and I will lose some UCI points. The gesture was a reaction on the dangerous behaviour of another rider, but I know what I did was wrong."
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"It was a reaction in the heat of the moment but a wrong one and I should not have punched him and kept my hands on the handlebars. I accept the penalty of the UCI and I apologise for what I did. This is also an important lesson for the future to keep myself calm in situations like this and to react in a proper way after the race."
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