Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has been disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France

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Cavendish fell against the barriers, and as he lay on the ground, he was then struck by the following John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Ben Swift (UAE Emirates).Sagan  was initially docked 30 seconds and 80 points in the Green Jersey competition but later, upon further video analysis, the jury changed the decision. “He endangered multiple riders, Mark Cavendish and others who were implicated in the crash, in the final meters of the sprint. (…)We applied article 12.104, irregular sprints, in which case commissioners are allowed to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider and amend a fine,” the jury motivated.

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The moment of the incident

The stage was won by Arnaud Démare. Sagan crossed the line in second place on the stage. Cavendish appeared to sustain hand and shoulder injuries, but their full extent is not yet clear.  After the finish Sagan quickly rode towards the Dimension Data bus where he apologized for causing the crash. “We are friends and colleagues in the peloton and crashes like that are never nice. I hope Mark recovers soon,” he said. Sagan’s bad action had drawn criticism from both Dimension Data director sportive Roger Hammond and from Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant. World champion Peter Sagan’s team have appealed against his disqualification from the Tour de France.

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