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Ah well there you go he is not going to be allowed back so that will keep all the anti Sagan people happy. Such a shame the tour had to lose 2 of the top 10 sprinters.
Not sure why Sagan is such a loss to the tour Cavendish was going for the stage win record this tour he is the big loss for media profile Sagan is more style over substance remind me how many stage wins he has compared to Cavendish. Its like someone like Kyrios wacking the ball straight into Federers face at Tennis putting him out through an eye injury then complaining about being DQ.
Sagan should remain disqualified The Cav incident wasn't the first incident of dangerous behaviour by Sagan. He interfered during intermediate sprints with Greipel, and was one of those responsible during the crash in the last km of same stage. Another thing about the Cav thing, Cav already had Demares' Wheel. Sagan could have gone to the left in gap but he did not Not a professional descision
So HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!They have not given up with their appeal and Peter Sagan could I SAY AGAIN COULD re-join the tour. there has been no absolute decisions yet but it still a possibility so I guess watch this space.
Anyone called it "Elbowgate" yet? I don't want to be the first...
Sagan is just too strong and well balanced on a bike, Cav tried to barge into him with his head yet he bounced off him, Sagan had to stick his left knee and right arm out to stay on. If Sagan is DQ'd then Demare should have been as well, his sudden move from right to left meant that Bouhanni (black helmet) had to brake to balance himself (left knee out, right arm out) the same way as Sagan. Farce
Hindsight is a wonderful asset, however, imagine the situation from the perspective of the riders involved. It's manic. They are going head to head at over 40mph. Adrenaline flowing along with pure competitiveness. This is no time for rational measured decision making. There's simply no time. It's instinct with the after burners going full chat. Keep your fingers crossed time.
Whatever people feel about the incident I think it's disgusting that Cavs famiy is receiving hate mail on social media. Will everyone respect Cavs wishes and cease immediately.
Was what Sagan did reckless and dangerous? Absolutely. Did it deserve removal from the race? Probably not.
Both highly qualified and talented Sprinters who each have a history. They knew EXACTLY what they were doing!
Apparently this is the only way the committee could ensure that Sagan would not get the green jersey for his 6th year. It truly amazes me that they disqualified him after viewing the footage -- and to say that his riding endangered others. It definitely sours me from the Tour. I think dimension data has too much power if they were able to have him dequed. Not watching anymore of the Tour.
This decision has soured me that the committee is at all fair. I was watching closely. To me it looked like Sagan barely got out of that situation with his bike upright. He had to really power forward to stay up. He was completely off balance. It was Mark's fault entirely!
Tour de France already boring without World Champion Peter Sagan. Good luck to you all occasional tourist cyclists...
I do not think that the race committee was at all brave or fair! I have seen Mark Cavendish pull that stunt before in this race and with the same result, he get badly injured. It was insane for him to try to push his way through the other sprinters while being that close to the edge! He could have come up behind Saganfollowed him forward to get a better placement. I am no longer going to watch it
Shame/ shame / shame to TDF / race jury ... Whatever websites, articles i've been reading last days, 90% of experts, fans,fellow riders keeps saying it was totally wrong decision.. / For years they keep making changes to rewarding points, so Peter will not get green jersey again, i guess they should be happy now/
Peter Sagan don't worry about that. You are still the world champion and you are still the best. Cavendish was already falling down before you flick your elbow to keep your balance after he made a contact as a first and was looking like he wants to sleep and lean towards you. It was his decision to ride there where was no gap and space for him to ride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyQHyGbS8aQ
Sensible and correct decision to disqualify Sagan. I find the hustle and bustle of a sprint finish the only interesting thing about road cycling but there is no place for dangerous behaviour / cheating of this kind.
@378On the one hand we have experienced judges who will have minutely studied all the footage available to them from different angles time and time again knowing that disqualifying a rider, let alone someone of Sagan's standing, would likely cause controversy. Yet they took that decision knowing it to be correct.On the other hand, there's YOU. I know which of the 2 I would trust to be right
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