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  • DaveRides

    This is the only call that CAS could really make.

    Unfortunately Bora-Hansgrohe made two errors contributing to this outcome:
    1. Bringing in CAS too late, should have been done first thing on Wednesday morning so it would have been a motion asking for the UCI to suspend the disqualification until a proper hearing.
    2. Having missed that window of opportunity, then making a motion pushing for Sagan’s reinstatement into the race rather than just reinstatement of results (including prizemoney, UCI points etc) and an official note in the race results that the UCI disqualified him improperly.

  • Patrick

    i don’t like this “could not see Mark Cavendish on the right side” – maybe he did not see him, but i don’t see why he could not have, had he looked properly. maybe just poor phrasing but sounds all too much like the typical drivers reaction to taking out a cyclist

    • Casper Hansen

      Because a sprint at 65km/h is not the same as a cyclist in common traffic. You do NOT look over your shoulder at that speed and in that crowd. Now THAT would have been reckless driving of Sagan if he did.

      • David Fischer

        yup, agreed.

      • Altimis Nuel

        Its not completely invisible, its can’t be, you knew there riders around you, you knew who is behind or left or right. You would stupidly bring danger to yourself and other, you have FULL AWARENESS of other around you, otherwise, you CAN’T SPRINT ALL OUT if you not aware surround you FIRST.

        Its you to decide to go which way, you can’t simple just all out and be aggressive like that and don’t care you in the way of other or not.

        If you cause other rider to crash because of the way you do sprint in the bunch like that, you have a price to pay for that . . .

        I actually agree partly with Patrick on this but whatever is done, its done

  • lowlander

    I can’t imagine how angry the sponsors must be. It seems that the general consensus is that the expulsion was a massive overreach. (Granted, there are many who feel Sagan was reckless but they appear to be a significant minority) That the decision was delivered with apparent disregard for 12.2.006 and the seeming lack of concern for Demare’s complete-width-of-the-road sprint lanes is just a finger in the eye.

    It would seem that race juries should avoid hastily delivered decisions, especially when there is a possibility for a negative impact on a sponsor. Certainly juries should NOT shy away from sanctioning top racers or teams with large sponsors. They just need to ensure they follow established rules and take the time to get it right. I can’t help but think that a different decision would have been reached if the jury received input from all involved, and waited until ban hour or two before the next stage start to deliver their decision.

    • Nitro

      From what I understand, the jury first chose to relegate him to the back…. then to exclude him from the stage….. and then some minutes later decided to kick him off the tour…

      I may have missed, but surprised there has not been more commentary on the likely-behind-closed-doors actions that lead to this being a shifting decision…

  • Luke Bartlett

    i suspect that this will not be the end

  • Lana Pallenberg

    I just found out that the UPI President’s son is part of the Dimention Data team , if so the decision made by The UPI president was extremely biased , and I feel the sport of cycling still needs to be cleaned up , they should have a team of unbiased ex pro cyclists making the call not people making decisions in their own best interests .

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