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by Shane Stokes
December 6, 2017
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In a move which may have considerable consequences in future events, the UCI has announced that it is to ramp up the use of video evidence when assessing incidents in races. The news comes as the governing body and Bora-hansgrohe settled their legal dispute arising from world champion Peter Sagan’s disqualification from the Tour de France in July.
Sagan was thrown out of the race after he and Mark Cavendish tangled at the end of stage four of the race. The Briton sustained a fractured right scapula in the fall, ending his Tour. Following the sprint into Vittel, the race jury quickly decided that Sagan was to blame and disqualified him. It appeared on initial viewing that Sagan had elbowed Cavendish into the barriers.
However after the commissaire decision was announced, slow-motion video emerged which appeared to show that Sagan’s elbow had not actually made contact with his rival. Sagan appealed the decision to CAS [the Court of Arbitration for Sport], seeking to be allowed back into the race, but CAS declined this request.
Instead, CAS set a hearing date of Tuesday December 5. On the same day that was due to take place, the UCI and Bora-hansgrohe announced that an agreement had been made. “Immediately following the disqualification Peter Sagan and Bora – hansgrohe had appealed the decision of the race jury with the CAS and, in order to enable Peter Sagan to finish the Tour, requested a temporary suspension of the disqualification,” said the UCI and Bora-hansgrohe in a joint statement.
“As is well known, this request was denied by CAS; subsequently, however, all parties involved had the opportunity to provide evidence and call witnesses.
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