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by Shane Stokes
December 7, 2017
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Mark Cavendish’s Team Dimension Data has questioned the UCI’s handling of the investigation into the incident at the Tour de France when the Briton clashed with Peter Sagan, crashed and exited the race as a result. On Tuesday the UCI and Sagan’s Bora-hansgrohe team announced that both sides had reached a resolution in relation to Sagan’s disqualification from the Tour de France.
The UCI appeared to concede an error was made, saying that both sides had 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.”
Those commissaires came to a quick decision on the day of the crash, ejecting Sagan from the Tour. However video footage which subsequently emerged cast doubt on Sagan’s intent, plus the cause of the crash. The UCI President David Lappartient said on Tuesday that the governing body would introduce a “‘Support Commissaire’ to assist the Commissaires Panel with special video expertise on the main events of the UCI World Tour.”
Team Dimension Data Principal Douglas Ryder said the team will write to the UCI to seek a more detailed explanation of their statement. “We understood this dispute was over the process that prevented Bora-Hansgrohe from stating their case to the race jury. However, following today’s announcement it seems the investigation also included reviewing the actual race incident. Given that we are the team with the rider who ultimately suffered the most as a result of this incident, we were surprised to not be included to offer our insights to the investigation.”
The team reiterated that “Mark Cavendish played no part in the cause of the season-ending crash.”