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Tour de France Poll | Should Peter Sagan Really Have Been Disqualified?

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So the talking points from stage four of the Tour de France are roughly as follow:

  • Arnaud Demare became the first Frenchman to win a sprint in ages
  • Geraint Thomas crashed in the last 1.5km wearing the yellow jersey
  • Mark Cavendish crashed and has now withdrawn from Le Tour de France
  • Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France
  • Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France
  • Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France

So. What happened?

It looked as though Peter Sagan, sliding to the right in the final sprint, chucked out his elbow and sent Mark Cavendish crashing into the sideboards, causing the injury.

Further viewings suggest this might not actually be the case, and that Sagan’s elbow might have made minimal contact with Cavendish (if any at all). Cavendish looked like he was on his way down already.

A first offence usually warrants a relegation to the back of the peloton and a docking of points, but Sagan is now heading home and will miss out on his chance to take history be equalling Erik Zabel’s green jersey record of six in a row.

If you need to watch it again before voting…

We’re big fans of both Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan, and we’re gutted to see both out of the Tour de France. Sagan’s team have protested the DQ of course, but there has been no further word as of yet

Should Sagan have been disqualified for it? Have you say on the poll below:

Here’s what the professionals think… (more on this here from RCUK who did a full Twitter sweep on rider’s opinions).

2003 Tour de France green jersey winner Baden Cooke

Told Cycling News (read full article here) : “You have ten blokes all rushing towards the line, I don’t put the blame on anyone in particular, but you could potentially say there are five blokes who have a little bit of blame, including the race winner Demare who swerved hard to the left. I think it was just a regular sprint and bad luck in how it turned out like it did. I don’t think that Sagan deserves to be relegated, let alone kicked out of the race.

“The way I interpret it is when you put your elbows out you are protecting your handlebars because when someone hits your handlebars, you go straight down on your arse.”

Tour de France legend Jens Voight

“Alright, you folks want my opinion? Take your time and watch the replay in slow-motion. Then forget about Peter and Cav. Focus on Demarre. He is the first to change trajectory. So when we start punish people – maybe consider him first. His move almost crashed Bouhanni, he is trying to save himself and moves Sagan. Then Sagan moves over to the right and there is no space for nobody left. It’s either be safe and break and loose or maybe win or crash.

“So in my private opinion – the disqualification is too much. I am ok with -80 points in green jersey, last place today and time penalty for Sagan. Here you have it, love me or hate me for it. It is a very dangerous sport we do. And the riders only have split-seconds to make decisions.

“Just to clarify – the Tour organisation has no saying in the #sagangate. Only UCI has jurisdiction here.”

British Cycling Legend Chris Boardman:

“Interestingly, not said Sagan was innocent or that the judges wrong, I think I said inconsistent as Demare cut across Bouhanni, no penalty.”

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