After being disqualified from the Tour de France 2017, Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan is relaxing in Monaco where he lives. In an interview with Belgian television VTM Nieuws he stated that he accepted his fate but still considers the jury’s decision to be wrong.
“I can accept that I’m out of the Tour, but I cannot accept the jury’s decision,” the two-time world champion told VTM Nieuws. “It was a big mistake, I think.”
In the finishing sprint of the fourth stage of the Tour de France 2017, Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan was excluded for allegedly, intentionally elbowing Mark Cavendish into a scary fall.
Cavendish, a rival of Sagan, ended up in the barrier after the latter pushed him away with his right elbow. Cavendish crashed into the barriers, at a speed of more than 50 kilometres per hour and fell to the ground. Consequently, John Degenkolb and Ben Swift also fell. The British cyclist was bruised and taken immediately to hospital for examinations.
When deliberating over the incident the jury was not interested in Sagan’s opinion. Moreover, he says, he was not personally told of their decision.
“I was waiting for the decision on whether I would start the next day or not,” Sagan told VTM Nieuws “The answer never came. Why not? It’s the 21st century.”
19. Jul 2017 at 6:36 | Compiled by Spectator staff