Sagan stopped at the Dimension Data bus to see how Cavendish was doing after the crash. "I was massively grateful that Peter came directly after the finish to see me. I have a good relationship with Peter. Even with the movement to the right…obviously I wouldn’t be happy, but that’s racing. But I was a little bit confused with the elbow. That is something I would like to speak to him about. But in terms of the disqualification, that’s the jury’s decision. I would just like to speak to Peter personally, but I am happy that he came to and saw me after the finish."

Photo gallery: 2017 Tour de France, Stage 4

by Evan Hartig


Arnaud Démare (FDJ) was victorious on the chaotic final of Stage 4 this afternoon in Vittel, France, finishing ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin).

The final two kilometers were met with heavy carnage, in contrast with a fairly benign stage prior with Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) solo for the entirety of the day. Sagan was later disqualified for causing a crash that sent Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), and Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) to the tarmac.

After picking up 20 points for winning the intermediate sprint (Démare and Sagan took second and third back in the field), and a KOM classification point, van Keirsbulck was reeled in with 17 kilometers remaining in the race and the day was one for the sprinters.

 As they opened up their final sprint, Sagan moved to the right, forcing Cavendish to move toward the right side of the road. Cavendish, on Sagan’s inside, attempted to come through the gap between the world champion and the barrier on his right. The Dimension Data rider wouldn’t make it, however, as he was pinched hard and hit the barricade before slamming into the pavement. Race commissaires agreed, and Sagan was disqualified from the Tour.

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