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by Shane Stokes
July 29, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Commissaire who disqualified Sagan from Tour calls for video judges in cycling; Cycling Australia introduces new transgender athlete policy; Lotto-Soudal chasing success after winless Tour de France; Bookwalter chasing home-soil success in Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah; Jungels back in action at Tour de Pologne; Movistar extends with Arcas, Oliveira and Pedrero; Four years on, McQuaid weighs in on pro cycling; Following the 2017 Transcontinental ultra-endurance race; Mark Cavendish Launches The Amstel Cold Tub Pub
Speaking almost a month after the controversial decision to eject Peter Sagan from the Tour de France, the chief UCI commissaire from the race, Philippe Marien, has called for changes in the sport. “There must be a video referee, just like in football,” the Belgian told Het Nieuwsblad. “They should be in front of the TV during the sprint and should concentrate only on the sprint itself, then we would not have to look at the images later and could make the decision immediately. The UCI has promised me that it is working on it.”
Marien’s and the other commissaires came under heavy criticism after Sagan was disqualified from the race. While initial videos appeared to show the Slovakian ushering Mark Cavendish into barriers with his elbow, later slow-motion footage showed that the Briton was already falling and that Sagan’s elbow may not have made contact.
Furthermore, some suggested that the reduced-speed footage showed his elbow movement was because Cavendish’s brake hood had become snagged under his elbow. Whether or not that interpretation was correct, Cavendish accepted that Sagan’s manoeuvre wasn’t malicious after speaking to the rider.
Marien’s reaction is interesting as the speed of the decision was not faulted. In fact, following Sagan’s expulsion, many said that the UCI shouldn’t have rushed to judgement and should have spoken to both riders concerned, as per its own regulations. When leaving the Tour, Sagan said that neither he nor anyone from Bora-hansgrohe had had the chance to give his side of the story.
He suggested the UCI had rushed its decision rather than giving time to ascertain the full facts.
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