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Sagan cleared over Tour DSQ, Uran nearly returned to Sky: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

December 6, 2017

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Sagan and UCI settle legal dispute, UCI to make changes to commissaire system

by Shane Stokes

In a move which may have considerable consequences in future events, the UCI has announced that it is to ramp up the use of video evidence when assessing incidents in races. The news comes as the governing body and Bora-hansgrohe settled their legal dispute arising from world champion Peter Sagan’s disqualification from the Tour de France in July.

Sagan was thrown out of the race after he and Mark Cavendish tangled at the end of stage four of the race. The Briton sustained a fractured right scapula in the fall, ending his Tour. Following the sprint into Vittel, the race jury quickly decided that Sagan was to blame and disqualified him. It appeared on initial viewing that Sagan had elbowed Cavendish into the barriers.

However after the commissaire decision was announced, slow-motion video emerged which appeared to show that Sagan’s elbow had not actually made contact with his rival. Sagan appealed the decision to CAS [the Court of Arbitration for Sport], seeking to be allowed back into the race, but CAS declined this request.

Instead, CAS set a hearing date of Tuesday December 5. On the same day that was due to take place, the UCI and Bora-hansgrohe announced that an agreement had been made. “Immediately following the disqualification Peter Sagan and Bora – hansgrohe had appealed the decision of the race jury with the CAS and, in order to enable Peter Sagan to finish the Tour, requested a temporary suspension of the disqualification,” said the UCI and Bora-hansgrohe in a joint statement.

“As is well known, this request was denied by CAS; subsequently, however, all parties involved had the opportunity to provide evidence and call witnesses.

Click through to read the full story on CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image is from the start of the men’s elite race at the Lampiris Zilvermeercross, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.

  • jules

    the brake early to exit fast thing is wrong. that’s a motorsport technique where you square off the corner, apexing early to allow early application of power. it works for high powered vehicles where the speed gained by accelerating under power is more than that preserved by maximising corner speed.

    cyclists don’t have powerful engines so you’re better off preserving corner speed. braking late isn’t necessarily fastest either as it makes judging your entry speed more difficult and risking entering the corner too fast, or too slow. so braking early/progressively allows greater opportunity to judge entry speed and maximise it, which is what you want, but in theory you’d brake as late as you can.

    • JJ

      this is correct. When getting up to speed again is expensive, you really need to preserve it

    • Slapparoo

      I totally agree, also the application of power through the corner helps to maintain control of the vehicle and improves steering responsiveness.

    • DaveRides

      The early exit technique used by Nibali does work in one particular context for cycling – a pedalling descent (in racing, a rolling descent is very rare) with sharp hairpin corners where the speed must be washed off one way or another.

      Unsurprisingly, that’s the context where Nibali uses that technique. Have a look again at the descent of the Passo dello Stelvio from this year’s Giro d’Italia, Nibali used it with great effect to close the gap to Landa by taking extra speed along every straight. Take the advantage of earlier acceleration for the whole length of the straight, and minimise the disadvantage to just shifting the braking point a couple of metres.

    • Cam

      Jules I’m glad you don’t race cars because you would be very slow. You square off the corner by apexing late not early, which means you can actually brake later than a standard apex. The apex speed is lower because the steering angle is higher, but the car is turning for a shorter time.

      And braking early is just not a thing at all, the objective is to brake as late as possible to achieve the appropriate speed for the corner and chosen line. Braking early just means you will either be coasting for a period or over-slowing the car.

      Granted, it’s all different on a bike where the margin for error is lower!

      • jules

        Actually I was a test driver for McLaren before I became an elite cyclist. I’m quite sure I’m faster than you. I’m also a successful venture capitalist

        • Cam

          Sorry, I just couldn’t let it go! Perhaps with this knowledge you could have taken the leap from test driver to race driver…

          • jules

            you can laugh, but I’ve raced with a few cyclists who champion the early apex technique. it’s pretty effective at keeping your competitors behind you – permanenty

      • Logan Sholar
  • Luke Bartlett

    “i was in the wrong but he abused me” is the excuse on the ticket for the 1m rule infringement.

    • velocite

      The real offence here was assault, not passing closely – but it was heartening that the police offered to the cyclist to charge the driver with attempted assault.

    • jules

      the dangerous belief here by the driver is that there is the law “i was in the wrong” but that he thinks there is the other law “I was still right, despite what it says in the law”.

      • Luke Bartlett

        my gut feel is that is tense in perth on the roads at the moment. the vocal minority are going way over the top with online threats and my feeling on the road is that its been a hugely positive thing for most interactions (more space, drivers are more aware when they pass) but the other consequence is that those who feel this law is THREATENING THEIR WAY OF LIFE are louder/horn-ier/abuse-ier than ever before. i dont know whether the reduction in risk of most interactions outweighs the possible increase in risk for those interactions which would undoubtedly happen either way.

        you literally can’t reason with people in that negative mindset toward ‘road toads’ so i just hope i don’t encounter one in real life.

        • jules

          yes, I know the type. I’ve confronted a few in my time. it becomes immediately apparent that these people are not operating within normal behavioural parameters. they are convinced that you are a sub species and anything you say is an incitement to violence for them. unfortunately everyone gets a driver’s licence, even murderous nutjobs who are only just holding themselves back from using their vehicle to kill you – so far.

  • Bakers Dozen

    There is nothing in this article (or others today) about the Sagan DSQ that suggests he was “cleared.” To the contrary, he reportedly has dropped his appeal. Curious about this vaguely referenced agreement with UCI.

    • Shane Stokes

      ?? Did you read the full article? This quote is there: “Having considered the materials submitted in the CAS proceedings,
      including video footage that was not available at the time when the race
      jury had disqualified Peter Sagan, the parties agreed that the crash
      was an unfortunate and unintentional race incident and that the UCI
      commissaires made their decision based on their best judgment in the
      circumstances” – saying ‘the crash
      was an unfortunate and unintentional race incident’ is pretty clear. Also saying they are going to bring in a new video commissaire acknowledges that they got it wrong by moving too fast and not reviewing all the available footage.

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