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by Neal Rogers
July 5, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare wins hectic Stage 4 sprint at Tour de France; Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash; Cavendish not to start Stage 5, injury confirmed as fractured shoulder blade; Van Vleuten takes Giro Rosa TT stage win as riders are surprised by steep climbs; Cannondale-Drapac in control at Tour of Austria as Slagter wins stage, Vanmarcke leads GC; Tony Martin continues racing at Tour de France with concussion; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 4 highlights.
World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has been ejected from the 2017 Tour de France after being involved in an incident that saw Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) crash heavily in the sprint that ended stage 4.
Cavendish tried to pass Sagan on the far right-hand-side of the road but the pair made contact and Cavendish struck the barriers at speed before crashing to the ground. Replays of the incident show Sagan raising his right elbow in the moments before Cavendish hit the barriers.
Immediately after the stage Sagan visited the Dimension Data team bus to apologise for the incident. Meanwhile, Dimension Data lodged an official complaint, and sports director Roger Hammond and performance manager Rolf Aldag took to Twitter to call for Sagan’s disqualification from the race.
Eventually, some 90 minutes after the stage concluded, race officials told the gathered press that Sagan had been ejected from the Tour for an “irregular sprint”.
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