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One of the world’s most popular bike riders, Peter Sagan was disqualified after being involved in a crash, that send Mark Cavendish flying into the crowd barrier and onto the ground a high-speed.
It all happened @ the 4th-stage of the Tour de France, after Peter Sagan was involved in a nasty crash that forced Mark Cavendish to withdraw from the Tour with a broken shoulder. Cavendish was taken to the hospital, when the official announcement came from the Tour jury about 90 minutes after the stage finished.
The social and alternative media blew up on the news that Sagan was being disqualified from the cycle race, as he is the most popular rider in the peloton. Some, including some former pro-cycling sprinters didn’t see any wrongdoing in his actions. Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team filed a protest on the ruling, that kicked him out of the Tour.
Sagan won the past two world championships and is widely regarded as the most talented rider of his generation who can win many kinds of races. Sagan is a multiple Tour-stage winner and five time winner of the Tour’s green jersey, which is awarded to the race’s most consistent daily finisher.
According to the Tour’s president of the race commission, Phillipe Marien, Sagan has seriously endangered some of his colleagues during the final meters of the sprint. Cavendish’s sports director, Roger Hammond told journalists that he expected Sagan to apologize for what happened.
If this so-called elbow incident proves to be decisive for Sagan’s disqualification, the organization is expected to disqualify more riders in the upcoming sprints, as in most sprints the elbows are used to keep balance during the final scrimmage to cross the finish line first and claim the stage victory.
Tour de France / Shoco Sports-News 2017.