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Since last Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem race, video footage of world champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) pushing Maxim Vantomme (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect) during the ascent of the Kemmelberg have emerged, with Sagan saying that he was not aware of the incident and shrugging it off as part of racing.
— Kristof Hasevoets (@haseveleon) March 26, 2017
Belgian TV commentator Karl Vannieuwkerke called out the action. “Sagan goes to Vantomme and slammed him almost in the decor,” said Vannieuwkerke. “I’m not going to weigh my words because of a world champion, but you can not do on a bike. It’s like a body check in hockey.”
“I just saw the video of the contact with @MaximeVantomme at @GentWevelgem,” Sagan wrote on Twitter. “I wasn’t aware of it. I’m sorry but these things happen in races.”
Vantomme himself did not make a fuss of the incident, writing on Twitter: “That’s the life of a small cyclist.”
— Joachim Verhaeghe (@JoachimVerhaegh) March 29, 2017
Sagan went on to finish third in the race, while Vantomme finished 11th. Oliver Naesen, who finished in seventh, was quite blunt in his assessment of the incident. “For me, he would have lost a rib, definitely. I would have pushed back.”
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