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  • jstevez

    Cav has done worst, ask Kittel.

    • Frank Z

      It is just Cavendish trying to cause another accident and Sagan was simply defending himself. Cavendish has form here. Check out the 2016 omnium final Olympics where Cavendish takes out Sanghoon Park which takes out his gold medal rival Viviani. There are numerous examples just ask Kittel, Gerrans et al.

    • Cameron Harris

      Ask Gerrans too.

      • slartiblartfast

        or Haussler.

        • xrt15fzd

          …and Veelers

    • jules

      true, but irrelevant

  • Struan

    It looks bad, to be sure. But going at that speed, I don’t think anyone has time to think about what they are doing. I think it was a “reaction” to cav coming up on him very close.

    That said, you can also not “react” by sticking your elbow out, which takes discipline. I think the race commissaires are doing the right thing here. They are setting the precedent going forward that you have to control yourself in these situations. Have worse incidents gone unpunished? Sure. But at some point, you need to draw a line and maybe this is that opportunity.

    • Watari Jin

      https://streamable.com/s/j7gqb/ocgmie

      Mark was in fact trying to push Sagan to open up the space, but he failed.
      Mark was going too low, and almost went into Sagan’s chest area.
      Mark’s leg was inline with Sagan’s during that moment which caused him to fall.

      • Joe Jones

        yes, you can argue from another point of view, but in the end, it resulted in Sagan blocking him out, and effectively grinding him into the barrier. Not sure that’s legal.Trying to get though is one thing, but blocking out is another.

        • Watari Jin

          I’m stating the fact with evidence. The gap was narrow and both were going for it. It take two hands to clap. This is a competition and one give all out and play fair, totally legal. I mention again, Mark fall was unfortunate but he’s responsible for that. Sagan’s elbow was not the cause of the fall.

        • dkeeping

          If you watch this slo mo video, which is from the front, Cav was already going down before the elbow even comes up, up, not out! I admire both riders equally, but I have seen Cav pull this type of sketchy maneuver several times with no repercussions! http://www.velonews.com/2017/07/commentary/jury-wrong-sagans-dsq_442744/amp

    • pedr09

      The ‘elbow’ should be clarified as it is being used as a deciding factor in the severity of the action. Sagan’s elbow comes out after the bump from Cavendish as a balancing instinct. I’m sure most of us have done it when fighting for balance on the bike at some point. Sagan’s sprint line should be debated but the elbow was not a factor.

      • campbell

        Cavs is on the way down before the elbow comes out . If you look at the slow mo Cavs hood catches the inside of Sagans arm he reacts by moving his arm outward and his hand Is turned out of the drop, could have even left the bar for a split second . This is a terrible decision

  • Cruz er

    2013 Tour de France- Cavendish blatantly chopped Veelers in a finishing sprint and completely wrecked him. Cav was not kicked out and barely apologized.
    Honestly, I think Sagan shouldn’t be DQ’d with respect to all the pros that ds’s that say otherwise.

    • Joe Jones

      …. he was exonerated for that, this is much worse. He ground him in to the barrier?

    • DaveRides

      That hit was disgusting and should have been dealt with by the gendarmerie.

      Sagan deserved nothing more harsh than relegation to the back of the group.

    • Daniel

      Plus the one with Gerro and his peformance at Rio. For his team staffers to get on social media is a friggen joke.

      • MadBlack

        The real issue is frigging twitter! Everyone has a frigging opinion… The world was a better place before this shit!

        • ummm…

          Twitter is the white noise that drives us all mad one day.

        • Cruz er

          Says the guy posting his opinion, along with everyone else on the internet….LOL

  • Watari Jin

    https://streamable.com/s/j7gqb/ocgmie

    Mark was in fact trying to push Sagan to open up the space, but he failed.
    Mark was going too low, and almost went into Sagan’s chest area.
    Mark’s leg was inline with Sagan’s during that moment which caused him to fall.

    • George Darroch

      Yeah, but Sagan comes in and takes Cav’s line. He was being forced into the barriers, and the head/fall is a result of that. The elbow at the end is a furphy, Sagan rebalancing on the bike.

      • Watari Jin

        If you agree with my pov, then you could also agree that this is a competition. And both are aggressively trying to win, the result is just unfortunate. Sagan is totally not at fault because he’s in front. Mark came from the back. If you drive a car, you should know that the rear car should look out for the front, not the other way round. Mark can slow down but he did not and try to push through the gap. He was even leaning against Sagan at one point of time.

        • Rodrigo Diaz

          you misunderstand the rules – just because you’re at the front doesn’t mean you can veer from your line. That’s exactly the definition of irregular sprinting – Sagan is at fault. Demare does it as well, though.

          And no, this is not car racing. This is why people should be familiar with the rules of the activity they engage on.

          I don’t agree with the DQ, though. “Normal” relegation, yes.

          • jules

            well said Rodrigo.

          • Watari Jin

            Peter and Mark happened to choose the same wheel. Thus they ended up sprinting on the same side of the road. They both stayed on their course during the sprint, thus to say there was irregular sprinting is absurd. Again, it was Mark who tried to push his luck through the gap, and he ended up on the floor when he failed to push Sagan away. The video is the truth.

            • jules

              Pushing through a gap is exactly what you should do in a sprint. Cav had taken that line (against the barrier) before Sagan – that is what counts. Sagan has an obligation to sprint straight and leave the gap, so that the sprint is about who has the best legs. Cav did nothing wrong there.

              • campbell

                What video are you watching

                • jules

                  right now? I’m afraid I can’t say here. or when I wrote that post?

  • Jimmy Vo

    This is like suspended Lebron James for the whole playoff. Uci is straight laughable.

    • Terrence Bradley

      Mate,comparing basketball to Cycling is simply absurd. An elbow or physicality in basketball is “often” part and parcel of the gamed if a player falls, he falls on a polished floor and a VERY slow speed and also has the ability to brace for that fall. In cycling as you are aware, the cyclist has his feet clipped in, speed at that given time is at least 70km/hr,tarmac/barriers/bikes/rotating wheels/other bodies………absolutely NO comparison.

      • mittNYC

        I don’t think he/she was making any contact/physicality comparison. Simply saying dq’ing Sagan at the beginning of the tour and suspending James at the beginning of the playoffs (the biggest names in their respective sports, playing in the biggest event in their respective sports) means both events are now arguably less enjoyable to watch.

      • ummm…

        U don’t watch basketball. Elbows a fouls, and sometimes flagrant or techs. Let Shaq give you an elbow and let’s see how you feel.

    • Nick Clark

      So the UCI should keep him in because he’s popular?

      • Christian Gomez

        *because it makes for good racing*

  • Geof Harries

    That’s sprinting. It’s the TdF. They are pros. Given the same situation but reversed, Cav would likely do the same.

  • Rob

    Points relegation, sure… but DQ is abit overboard. The UCI are so inconsistent with their rules, it’s a joke. Never mind their approval of dodgy corner fencing on the Stage 1 TT.

    All we need now is a few Moto crashes and a roadside fan incident. What a circus.

    • klynne81

      Don’t forget a racer “runnung” on the course without a bike.

      • David

        Yes, I never understood that; you can compete in a bike race by running, no bike needed? Weird.

        • ummm…

          Uci is corrupt.

          • James Lee

            Blame Crookson for that one. A dead fish rots from its head. UCI will always slant toward British riders while Crookson reigns.

            • ummm…

              im not sure i buy into that analysis, but one thing is for sure – cookson ran a false platform. he had no intention to do anything. id rather have pat at this point. we know that evil. cookson is a failure, if only because cycling fans and riders find him to be just as wanting and slimier than the last guy.

        • ebbe

          No, you can’t. Completing part of the course without a bike* is** a DQ from the race.

          * It does not have to be your own bike. You could potentially even take one from a spectator. Although bike changes are officially only allowed from team/neutral cars, so you might still get penalised if you did, but for a different reason.
          * The bike can be broken, in which case you have to carry or push it. Running is OK, but running without a bike isn’t.
          * The rules are NOT explicit about leaving your bike and running BACK to the team/neutral car to fetch another bike. So that should probably be OK.

          ** Should be, if the rules were applied.

        • Will

          Rules are just that you have to cross the finish line with your bike. I do find it ridiculous that the UCI just saw the Froome incident as a spectacle rather than a serious issue that needed to be resolved.

  • DaveRides

    Complete lack of consistency, shouldn’t be anything more than relegation to the back of the group or even no penalty at all if the same standards are used as those which have applied to the Manx Missus over the years.

    Hopefully legal options will be pursued and Sagan reinstated pending a proper appeal hearing. CAS would almost certainly uphold an appeal to stay the DQ.

  • Bennyfranklin

    Cav shouldn’t have been in the race. He knew Sagan didn’t do it on purpose – evident in their exchange by the bus.

    • DaveRides

      Same approach should be taken by the UCI as they did with Gianni Moscon and Kevin Reza, acknowledge that an apology was offered (and accepted) and hold off on any disciplinary action until a calmer hearing later on.

  • Antonio Boškovi?

    uci really is a joke
    it was an accident Peter didn’t do it on purpose elbow went out just to keep the balance after Cav touched him, i hope Bora does something so that Peter can continue

    • DaveRides

      UCI rules say he has the right to appeal the decision, and I’m sure that ASO would be interested in getting the assistance of the gendarmerie to look at phone records and work out who caused the original decision to be retracted so quickly.

      • The UCI rules actually specify that he does NOT have the right to appeal https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DD6KfqqW0AACXaE.jpg:large

        • DaveRides

          But elsewhere they say he does, because the sanction includes a fine large enough that the whole decision is subject to appeal.

          A quick trip to the local courthouse could see that clarified quick smart, and an injunction issued ordering the UCI to suspend the sanction pending the appeal.

          The whole thing is a clumsy mess and should be set aside until it can be handled more competently. Or everyone could agree to go back to the original (and more proportional) sanction of relegation.

          • Nitro

            I hope that whatever happens this does NOT end up anywhere near a courthouse.

            To me this would push the world of cycling down a dangerous path that just wouldn’t end well.

            Completely different sport [So probably a terrible example – but just to make the point] – 20 years back (maybe more now) , every single time the America’s Cup yachts went out to race, someone would raise a protest flag within the first 5 mins of racing for some reason or another.

            Juries would be called, evidence would be taken, and decisions taken by people in suits in a “courtroom” would decide who won.
            Absolutely terrible outcome for the sport. Are we here to watch the best in the world battle it out (hopefully cleanly, and certainly without anyone breaking bones – or worse), or are we here to watch a legal drama ?

            • Rodrigo Diaz

              This is exactly already happens, hence the name CAS – Court of Arbitration for Sports. That’s the last word on doping cases, if you’re keeping score.

            • ummm…

              I love cycling, fast. I would also love to see the uci and as destroyed in court. Ask yourself what have they done for us besides upset us, treat us like buffoons etc. The only thing I worry for are the riders, doped or clean, and the journalists, because they need the job. All the other blood suckers and liars can get lost. Roger Hammond, och, aldag? Dopers and crooks. If they were still riding I could say, oh well they are part of the system, they are just the labor. But these guys don’t ride anymore, and they know better. Och above all should be in jail. In the least him and his money should be gone. But as we see, cycling is a mafia.

        • James Lee

          Goddamn tyranny.

          • peter

            poor decision and a hopeless over reaction

  • bernardvictor

    I am sure if it had happened in a sprint on a track, he would have been disqualified.

  • Neuron1

    A very simple question to ask yourself is: If Sagan were a rider from Astana, Katusha or one of the “black hat teams” of the peloton would you be vigerously defending the actions? If you cannot whole heartedly say yes, than the DQ is fair and appropriate. The rules are the rules for everyone in the race, not to abandoned for some favored few. I write this as a big Sagan fan, but I also try to stay objective about the things I observe in bike racing.

    • DaveRides

      Wouldn’t it be more relevant to ask yourself how you’d view it if it were Cavendish from Dimension Data?

      I would have thought it worth no more than a relegation regardless of who did it, given it appears that Cav may have already been going down before the elbow comes out in response to Cav hitting his rear wheel?

      Hopefully calm heads will prevail and the disqualification suspended until both sides get to have their say at a full hearing.

      • Neuron1

        I don’t care what rider is involved, just the actions of the protagonists. My understanding is that this DQ is about the totality of events during the stage, including the crash further back and the intermediate sprint. Commenters here squawk constatntly about the unwritten rules being broken, yet here we have a clearly defined written one that was obviously broken and there is wailing and gnashing of teeth about its application. The commisars ruled very quickly, which seemingly implies that their decision was not difficult.

        • DaveRides

          Huh?

          There is no reference to the intermediate sprint in the communique, and no UCI rule about the “totality of events during the stage” even if there was.

          The commissaires didn’t rule quickly either, they made the decision to relegate him and then went back on it later. Looks messy and disorganised to me, perfect case for shelving the decision and referring it to an independent hearing.

          Bora could force the issue a number of ways, including an emergency appeal to CAS or lodging protests against Demare’s chop and Greipel’s chop+barge to turn it into such a farce that ASO will have no choice but to take control of the situation.

  • Simon T

    Greipel moved across and pushed everyone.
    And frenchman almost cut rider wheel. They all where zig zagging all over the place

    There all guilty . Thats racing and sprinting

    • Neuron1

      Go ahead, blame it on the Germans. The race did begin in Germany, moved through Luxembourg and Belgium and finally into France. History seems to be repeating itself.

      • mh

        Actually some Germans are classy. See Greipels tweet.

        Andre Greipel? @AndreGreipel
        Sometimes I should watch images before I say something. Apologies to @petosagan as I think that decision of the judge is too hard.

        But sure you know better :)

        • Neuron1

          It was a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t think I needed to write “This is a joke” in all capitals prior to posting.

          • mh

            Also your other comment here, on DSQ itself? Ok :)

            • Simon T

              Bouhanni almost crashed twice his front wheel skips like a foot across once if he did he would have taken out sagan and then again.
              Sagan knows this

      • Simon T

        Im just saying they all cut across. It was domino effect like when someone pulls on the brakes.
        Cav was in bad spot and sagan is sagan .
        Everyone is saying to harsh to throw him out

    • Totally correct.
      Demare should have been relegated for his switch. But to deny a Frenchman the first French win since whenever, 2009, would never happen.

      Cav had no chance to win. Sagan defended his space. But Demare played it super dirty.

    • Ronin

      Yeah. Demare swerved across Bouhanni and almost took him out. That, if it had happened in isolation, without all this other drama, might well have gotten Demare a relegation. Which, leads me to say, probably none of this zig zagging all over the place would have happened if not for the slow riders in front of the best sprinters. This was caused, it seems, by the chaos from the earlier crash. That’s just racing in a chaotic environment. No one should have gotten DQed, at least not here today, because of it.

      The UCI frequently screws up these rulings. Renshaw was DQed in 2010 for “violent contact” after a perfectly safe and well-executed head butt, which was ridiculous. If he should have been sanctioned, it should have been for chopping Farrar, in which there was no contact at all. I’d not be surprised at all if Sagan was DQed because of that vicious phantom elbow smash to Cavendish by Sagan. It just looked “too aggressive” for the squeamish commissars.

      This seems to be our world today. Appearances before reality. Feelings before sound judgment. Softness is a virtue. No one should be hurt doing anything. It’s the course’s fault! Bad greedy capitalist race organizers make bad course to hurt people for money!!

      • Ronin

        Well, here we go. From Phillippe Marien, the jury president.

        “In every sprint something happens, but what
        happens here, it looks like it was on purpose and it almost looks like
        hitting a person,” Mariën said. “It’s not about Sagan or Cavendish. It
        could be anybody. The names don’t matter. What others did in the sprint
        today was very much less severe than the Sagan and Cavendish incident.”

        It *looks* like it was on purpose. It *almost looks like hitting a person*. The World Champion was DQed from the Tour because the jury didn’t like the way it looked. Holy smokes.

        • jules

          there’s a difference between the metaphorical use of “looks like” and the literal use – which is we looked at the vision and interpreted it. it’s unclear which use Phillipe is using here, but I think it’s fair to assume the latter.

  • Brenton Leigh Bachelor

    Wrong decision. If Sagen was smaller it would have been him that went down. There wasn’t a gap there.

  • Patrick

    what about the way demare chopped in front of bouhani at the same time as sagan was taking cav out? bouhani had to slow and swerve to avoid him – could have been a nasty crash (probably only saved by the fact that sagan behind had moved over and been slowed by his own issues.

    • Paul

      True, demare was zig-zagging all over the place. You could argue he caused the cav crash, sagan was following him

  • Andrew

    Unfortunate but part of the hussle bussle of sprinting. Looks like Sagan was trying to go into a reducing gap in front of him and Cav came up and under him. Dont think given the speed and time , that it was a deliberate act but a fend to protect his sprinting space and a possible contact. Dangerous yes but not worthy of a full DQ. Seen far worse

  • Superpilot

    Get the feeling if it was Cav that did it, everyone would be calling for the DQ. It’s tough, but even the peoples champion can make mistakes.

    Easily the worst sprint I have seen. Everyone riding like a bag of spanners, swerving all over.

    Lucky to have anyone left to cross the line IMHO. Just watch it over keeping your eye on one single rider in the front. Every single one swerved dangerously at some point!

    • Craigus

      You’re right, I just did as you suggested, ignore Sagan and Cav and it’s so lucky the whole lot didn’t come down from everyone else especially Demare

  • Angel Jaffe

    This was a knee-jerk overreactive decision. Sagan should not have been disqualified for the entire Tour. It would be understandable to DQ him for the stage and penalize him in the points competition, nut not for the entire Tour de France! I don’t think that Sagan’s actions, albeit wrong, rise to the level of being DQ’ed from an entire grand tour. I don’t agree with ou guys that think that Sagan got justly DQ’ed from the entire Tour,

  • George Darroch

    That was pretty bad, and a DQ is the right result. You can’t just send your competitors into the barriers. It doesn’t matter if your intention was there or not.

    • George Darroch

      Okay, frame by frame analysis reveals something completely different:

      https://streamable.com/j7gqb

      • Andy B

        Cav see that foam pillow and dives for it

      • jules

        I don’t see it as that different. Cav’s head is only on Sagan after Sagan pushes him into the barriers. In a sprint, you don’t know who’s behind you so I wouldn’t automatically blame Sagan for deliberately squeezing Cav. But because you don’t know what coming behind, you shouldn’t swerve into the barriers (or at all). Sagan does that and I suspect to try and hold Demare’s wheel as he passes at speed, and close the door on anyone else trying to come through (Cav).

        The big question is over Sagan’s elbow. I’m unconvinced it was incidental. It doesn’t fully extend until Cav is already crashing, but he begins using his elbow to push off Cav earlier than that. I can’t explain the elbow from an incidental/accidental perspective – it looks deliberate to me. Even if it was defensive it resulted from Sagan squeezing Cav into the barriers.

      • Andrew

        Ouch, frame by frame changes the whole thing. Looks like Cav lent in to budge Sagan away and made contact. Sagan has every right to fend off some one coming in on top of him outside of his field of vision

        • George Darroch

          Yeah, but Sagan was coming in fast from the right and taking Cav’s room to go anywhere. Cav leans in because he’s being squeezed.

      • Superpilot

        Yeah very interesting!

        Watch it again and see Demare chop Bouhanni, holy moly!

      • clarityoffline

        this “frame by frame” is awful, it removes 90% of Sagan closing off Cav. Watch the full video https://youtu.be/j4atl-3Njwg?t=53 you can change it to slow motion by clicking on the settings icon

        • jules

          I still see it as Sagan shutting the door on Cav. Sagan moves towards the barriers. Cav is entitled to go for the gap surely and expect Sagan to hold his line? Isn’t that the rule? The reason Cav crashes is that Sagan moves across him.

          Additional video suggests Sagan didn’t swing his elbow and that he was tangled with Cav, causing his elbow to flick out. So I don’t think anymore that the elbow played a part.

          • clarityoffline

            that is exactly how i saw it

          • velocite

            Despite the unfortunate presence of a tree obscuring a few metres of the overhead shot, it seems to me to reveal the sequence quite clearly. Sagan was bent on getting on Demare’s wheel, and he had to displace Cavendish to do it. There was no-one on his left pushing him, it was all his own work. I think the reason he was overbalancing to the right, and to right of Demare’s wheel in fact, was because Cavendish was no longer there. While I don’t think for a moment that Sagan deliberately knocked Cav off, it was a byproduct of reckless behaviour. Shocking though the penalty was, maybe an effective lesson for all.

            • jules

              yep, agreed.

  • Andy Logan

    Scott Sunderland on Facebook mentioned that the UCI said to the Sprinters before the start of the TdF that they would punish sprinters for not holding their line. It’s laughable that Demare basically “switched” sides from the left to the right. Yes Sagan moved, maybe 300m but Demare moved entire timezones here. It could be argued that Demare should be DQ’d for not holding his line, he chopped Bouhanni very badly.

    As for the “elbow” it’s a reaction, I think Cav was already coming down from hitting Sagan, but if Demare had not switched sides than Sagan wouldnt of been put in that position. I do think Sagan is partly to blame here, you can just switch out in a sprint without looking to jump on a wheel like he did here, even in the interview after the stage he said he didn’t see Cav, he didn’t see him cause he didn’t look, which he should have done.

    Finally, Sagan seems to have a bit of form around this (like Cav), not sure if anyone watched Stage 3 intermediate sprint point, but Sagan gave Griepel a solid hit with his shoulder which at an intermediate sprint really isnt necessary. I like Sagan a lot and he brings panache etc to cycling and he is a great character to have in the sport, but part of me feels that maybe he is believing he is above the law a little bit as well, there is a level of arrogance there. No one person is greater than the sport itself.

    Bottom line, Cav shouldn’t of gone up the barriers, Sagan shouldn’t of just jumped out without looking on to Demare’s wheel and finally if Demare had held his line like he was mean’t to, chances are this would not of happened. But it’s not like the Comms are going to DQ France’s first bunch kick stage victory since 2006.

    • Andy B

      agreed that chop on bouhanni is bad.

    • Observer

      I just assumed Cycling NSW Officials were running the race on the day and the jury.

  • Nathan Hosking

    You can *just* see Sagan’s hip line shift at the same time as the elbow goes out – I’d say it’s more of a balancing act, or at least I hope it was… It was a pretty solid shoulder from Cav and Sagan is the bigger guy in that 1 on 1 situation… But I’m not on the race jury.

  • Keir

    Tour de France ensures the Giro as the premier grand tour yet again, this time by kicking Sagan out. This is sprinting not Soccer

  • Altimis Nuel

    Poor Cav

  • David

    “Replays of the incident show Sagan raising his right elbow in the moments before Cavendish hit the barriers.”

    I’ve looked at a few slowmo videos of the incident on YouTube, and it looks like the opposite; I see Cavendish going down before the elbow comes out. Still, I’m 61 years old and the eyes aren’t so good, so..

  • David

    So that McEwen fellow, no idea what he was on about.

  • MattyP

    It seems from this view Sagan is raising his elbow to become untangled from Cav’s handlebars…

    https://twitter.com/Laura_Meseguer/status/882300130686377985

  • bhambadboy1

    Past actions are totally irrelevent here…the Sagan elbow was purposeful and incredibly dangerous. The officials agree and Sagan is justifably DQ’d. Case closed.

    • jules

      If you look closely it appears that Sagan’s arm may have been snagged and that he didn’t deliberately throw the elbow.

      • bhambadboy1

        Dream on.

        • jules

          it’s hard to say for certain from the vision, but I’m not certain he deliberately threw the elbow.

    • Michele

      Glad the officials agree with you.

      Did they get / ask for your opinion?

      • bhambadboy1

        Didn’t need to ask me, genius…they SAW what happened. You ought to try opening your eyes before opening your big sarcastic mouth.

        • jules

          calm down

          • Michele

            LOL :)

            Hopefully someone can get a Nanna-nap in later today.

  • Michele

    At least this means we’ll have a new winner in green on the podium in Paris. Removes a bit of the tedium for ASO.

    If I was RCS Sport, I’d wait about a week, and then get Sagan to name his price.

  • jules

    user: I’m going to post my opinion on what happened and contribute to discussion among like-minded Tour fans

    other user: You’re just posting your opinion, you weren’t there, how about you SHUT UP?!

  • Nick Clark

    Looking at the ‘Sprint Comparison’ youtube clip again, I wonder how the Commissaire justified not DQing Démare? Huge deviation from his line in sweeping left and almost wiping out Bouhanni. It looks like a much more blatant example of an ‘irregular sprint’ than anything Sagan did…

    • Michele

      I’m okay with them sending Sagan home, provided, as you rightly point out, they are consistent. At best, Démare needed to be relegated.

      Otherwise, people might start to suggest it’s some home-town bias.

      • jules

        I tend to agree. It’s little different to enforcing the passing of cyclists. Authorities only tend to get excited when a cyclist is hit. This isn’t necessarily the most effective way to prevent cyclists getting hit, as action waits until post fact.

      • Nick Clark

        Yep, not saying whether or not Sagan should go home. Just that, looking at the video, the most blatant issue is Démare deviating from his line to force a gap between Kristoff and Bouhanni that just wasn’t there.

  • Matt White

    Screams of inconsistency and playing favorites for one the the peloton’s true dirt bags…but a TDF favourite. Perhaps we could ask Gerro or Haussler about their thoughts on this? For me a stage DQ for Sagan is fair…as for Cav, well it is KARMA. Leave it as that.

  • Matilda Raynolds

    Sagan is definitely at some fault, was Cav going for a gap, which was never there … Probably! However, a complete disqualification from the race is an obscene over-reaction and isn’t consistent with previous rulings. Usually this type of punishment is only for cheating, punching an official etc. If anything, Sagan should have been relegated to last place, losing all points … Completely unrelated but let us not forget Sanghoon Park was taken to hospital in a neck brace and an oxygen mask.

  • kamil krulis

    Seriously a joke. Headbutt causes shoulder injury. Karma is the best commisare.
    Ps. A track sprint is vastly different and not comparable to a road sprint, but I’m sure my point is moot since all of you here have obviously done many of both.

  • Jochem

    At which point did Peter look back to see Cav coming? I can’t find it. Also, how come everybody talks about the elbow movement, when in fact Cav was already on his way into the barriers by then, after smacking his head on Peters shoulder. The elbow hit nothing but air.

  • Bones

    It’s really clear to me, when I pause/play the action that Cav was already falling BEFORE the elbow comes out. But if you take Sagan out of the race, it’s got to open up some opportunities for the French.

  • Valiant Abello

    Fuck Cavendish

    • Michele

      That’s what Sagan said when he saw Cavendish post-stage.

      Everyone assumed Peter went to apologise for causing the crash. But, in reality, he went and told him where to go.

      In fairness to Cav, I think most of your anger should be directed at those who expelled Sagan. Pretty sure it wasn’t Cav.

  • MushieG

    I also think Sagan was hard done by and to me it just looked like he was moving his arm out to counter balance.
    The only good thing out of all this is that it will make the race for the Green jersey more interesting, but at the loss of seeing a great man ride with panache.
    I do also think that none of the sprinters hold their lines (not just in this sprint) , darting all over the place. Surely professional riders even at that speed should be able to ride in a straight line!

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