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Sagan kicked out of 2017 Tour after Cavendish elbow

Sagan kicked out of 2017 Tour after Cavendish elbow”

"We have made a decision to disqualify Peter Sagan from Tour de France 2017 as he endangered some of his colleagues seriously in the final metres of the sprint which happened in Vittel", said race jury president Philippe Marien.

Slovakian cyclist Sagan who was initially docked 30 seconds for his role in the crash has now been disqualified from the competition after the race board ruled he had "endangered some of his colleagues seriously in the final metres of the sprint".

Cavendish required medical treatment on the ground before crossing the finish line with his right hand bandaged. "But I sprinted and my foot came out, another mistake, but I got my foot back in and I won".

Briton Thomas, who had warned on Monday that he just wanted to stay clear of trouble, hit the deck for the second time in three stages.

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

The 50 points for winning also put him in contention to claim the green jersey for sprinters.

"A crash is a crash, I'd just like to know about the elbow, really", Cavendish added.

"I was following [eventual stage victor Arnaud] Démare around and Sagan came over, that was it", Cavendish said surrounded by press at the bus. The crash left Cavendish needing treatment for his injuries and further examinations in a hospital.

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

The 1.6km long uphill finish to the stage was tailor-made for Sagan and the world champion did not disappoint, proving his power despite his minor pedal-clip problem.

Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas crashed earlier in the finale but since the incident occurred within the final three kilometres, he will be credited with the same time as the victor. Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind Sagan, with Chris Froome ninth.

The world time trial champion, who had hoped to win the Stage 1 time trial in Düsseldorf and sport the yellow jersey, instead started Stage 4 sitting almost 13 minutes down on the general classification.

The last time the Tour de France ended in Vittel, back in 2009, Nicki Sorensen took the plaudits having been involved in a six-man breakaway, but a repeat solo effort never looked like threatening the sprinters.

"It's just the way the Tour is raced", he said when asked what he still needs to work on.

Wednesday's lumpy 160.5km stage from Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles concludes with the first mountain-top finish of the race - a rendez-vous which is bound to spice up the battle for yellow.



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