Tour de France 2017: Peter Sagan disqualified, Mark Cavendish withdraws

Peter Sagan, winner of stage 3, was disqualified from the Tour de France 2017 after elbowing Mark Cavendish that caused crash within 50 meters to the finish. Moreover, Cavendish suffered a broken shoulder that forced him to withdraw the race.

Sagan flicked his elbow at Cavendish as they battled for space for positioning as the sprint had started. Cavendish hit the barriers and eventually found out that he couldn’t ride anymore.

“I need stitches in a finger,” said Cavendish, who also had his right arm in a sling after the stage.

“It’s something to do with the shoulder that I hurt in Harrogate. I’m not a doctor but I’m not optimistic.

After a review, Philippe Marien, president of the race commission, said: “We’ve decided to disqualify Peter Sagan as he endangered some of his colleagues seriously in the final metres of the sprint in Vittel.

“We will apply article 12.104 of the rules of the UCI… in which case commissaires (the race jury) can decide to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider.”

Briton Geraint Thomas remained the overall leader after Arnaud Demare waon the stage. Defending champion Chris From stayed at second overall with 12 seconds behind his teammate.

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