Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 6, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.

Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion

by VeloClub

Peter Sagan’s bid to win a sixth consecutive green jersey is over and the Slovakian is heading home after a protest by his Bora-hansgrohe team failed to convince a race jury to reinstate him into the race. The world road race champion tangled with 30-time Tour stage winner Mark Cavendish at the finish of Tuesday’s fourth stage to Vittel, with the latter hitting a roadside barrier and crashing. He was initially told that he had no fractures but a later re-examination in hospital revealed that his right shoulder blade was fractured.

Close to midnight on Tuesday, Sagan’s Bora-hansgrohe team said that it would protest the decision.

“The UCI World Champion Peter Sagan was disqualified today, according to article 12.1.040/ 10.2.2. (irregular sprint) in the result/communiqué,” it said in a statement. “The team disagrees with the decision and protested it officially. Peter Sagan rejected to have caused, or in any way intended to cause the crash of Mark Cavendish on the final 200m of the stage. Peter stayed on his line in the sprint and could not see Cavendish on the right side. The team applied for a redress of Peter Sagan’s result in stage 4.”

Under current UCI rules, Sagan’s team had no official way to appeal the decision. Nevertheless it protested it and hoped that a rethink might have happened. Sagan’s team manager Ralph Denk was emotional at the start venue in Vittel, saying, ““We made an official protest by the UCI. We did this yesterday evening. Still there is silence and we have no answer,” he said. “Peter is ready to race. If we get the okay, he is around there. And we have still one hour to go, or more than one hour to go.”

The call from the UCI never came, and Sagan left the Tour de France, his string of five consecutive green jerseys over.

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