Sagan kicked off Tour for Cavendish elbow

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Sagan, a world champion, was disqualified for throwing an elbow at Mark Cavendish that set off a wild crash during a frenzied sprint to the finish line on Tuesday. Just not to the degree that he deserves to get booted.

The crash, which NBC Sports commentators described as "gruesome", immediately generated controversy.

However, if you watch the whole sprint, it becomes clear that Sagan flicked his elbow out to balance himself after Cavendish made contact with him from behind. "On his way to the hospital for further examinations", said Dimension Data on Twitter. "To elbow somebody off the bike at that speed is just an act of violence".

The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race.

"UCI will hopefully act accordingly to the rules", he said. I was thinking 'what's going on?'.

Not everyone was eager to blame Sagan.

Other than the pedal incident, Sagan was in control.




"It's hard to really fault Peter Sagan here", Vande Velde said. He was coming from the right side and I was trying to take the wheel of Kristoff, I think. "He did not have enough room". "But I sprinted and my foot came out, another mistake, but I got my foot back in and I won. I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that", Cavendish said. "I'd just like to speak with him about it".

Dan Martin was among them, and the Irishman opened a powerful acceleration on the second part of the ascent, when the gradients started to kick in again; that surge helped Martin finish third on the day, behind Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), as the best of the general classification contenders. Sagan later told the media he apologised "because it's not nice to crash like that". Another rider to consider is local rider Nacer Bouhanni who was born in Épinal which is not only where I went on my French exchange programme a very long time ago, but also in the heart of the Vosges department.

After the crash, Sagan went over to see how Cavendish was and patted him on the back, while the British rider showed him his wounds.

The race's yellow jersey holder, Britain's Geraint Thomas, hit the deck in a separate pile-up near the end, but as the incident occurred within the final three kilometers he will be credited with the same time as the victor. The first left dozens of riders on the ground, including current race leader Geraint Thomas of Team Sky.

"I'm okay", Thomas said. "I hit the deck but I'm fine", Thomas said.

Sagan's disqualification came just one day after he was twirling his fingers and celebrating victory.

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