Sagan disqualified from Tour for elbowing Cavendish

Jessica Allison
July 5, 2017

"Peter Sagan is disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after today's tumultuous sprint in Vittel", race jury president Philippe Marien told reporters. Cavendish slammed into the barriers and two other riders plowed over the British sprint specialist, a victor of 30 Tour stages.

After the race Cavendish was taken to hospital for tests on his right shoulder and hand where initial x-rays found no broken bones, leaving open the possibility he will be on the start line when Stage five begins on Wednesday. "I get on with Peter well, but I don't get. if he came across is one thing, but the elbow, I am not a fan of him putting his elbow in like that. When I caught him, I looked where we were and sat up as I wanted to wait a little", he said. "I get on with Peter, a crash is a crash, but I'd just like to know about the elbow".

Slovakia's Sagan crossed second and Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) finished third in the stage, a 207.5-kilometer ride from Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg to Vittel, France.

"It was a bit weird, Richie went strong with 600-700m left".

"Even with the movement to the right, obviously I wouldn't be happy but that's racing".

The Manxman fell heavily after taking a nudge from world champion Peter Sagan in the final 100 metres in Vittel.

However, if you watch the whole sprint, it becomes clear that Sagan flicked his elbow out to balance himself after Cavendish made contact with him from behind.

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"The crash happened right in front of me, I had nowhere to go really", said Thomas.

"If I was Sagan, I'd apologize for that", said Roger Hammond, Cavendish's sports director at Dimension Data.

It came on a day when fellow British rider, yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas, was involved in another crash at the end of what had otherwise been a fairly uneventful ride through the flatlands of the Lorraine region, from the Belgian border. The Quick-Step Floors rider's brilliant effort in Longwy - which returned in the Tour de France after a 35-year hiatus - saw him take a total of six seconds on all the other race favourites, a welcomed bonus that helped him move up to 15th place in the overall rankings.

"I went to the ground, but no serious damage", said Thomas, who was also brought down in a crash on Sunday.

Demare took the green jersey for the points classification in the process.

Australian Richie Porte, one of the top contenders, launched an attack with about 700m left in the final ascent - a 1.6km climb at a gradient of 5.8 percent on the Cote des Religieuses - but it was too soon.

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