Tour de France Cyclist Disqualified After Elbowing Rival And Causing Crash

In a rare decree, a well-known cyclist has been disqualified from the Tour de France after he was encountered shouldering another rider, casting his competitor crashing into a barricade.

Peter Sagan, 27, of Slovakia, was kicked out of the rivalry on Tuesday after he was accused of willfully motiving the accident that disabled British cyclist Mark Cavendish and effected two others to descend during the course of its sprint finish in Vittel in the race’s fourth stagecoach, officials announced .

” I get on with Peter well ,” Cavendish, who travels with unit Dimension Data, afterwards told Reuters .” If he came across, it’s one thing, but the elbow. … I’m not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that. A crash is a disintegrate. I’d just like to know about the shoulder, actually. I’d just like to speak to him about it .”

The 32 -year-old, who was may be necessary to a hospice for evaluation, said he suffered a gashed paw, which he suspected would be required for seams, as well as an disabled arm that was later pictured placed under a sling. The traumata to his arm may have been amplified by a previous gash, he told the BBC .

Sagan, cycling with the Bora-Hansgrohe team, will continue to be arrange second, behind Frenchman Arnaud Demare, in Tuesday’s fourth theatre of the hasten. For the last five years, he won the dark-green sprinter’s jersey awarded at the multi-week tournament, and was vying to hold the record by claiming a sixth. The expedition, which started in Saturday and finishes on July 23, is made up of 21 theatres over about 2,200 miles and the cyclist with the lowest overall meter triumphs a yellowed jersey.

POOL New/ Reuters Dimension Data equestrian Mark Cavendish of Britain goes medical assistance after his accident next to the finishing line in Vittel, France, on Tuesday.

Sagan, who also has acquired two UCI Road World Championships, rationalized to Cavendish after the clang but likewise protected what happened. He told The Associated Press:” I just didn’t know that Mark is behind me, he’s coming from the right side.

” Mark was happening quite rapidly from the back and after I merely didn’t have time to react, to go left, and he just came( into) me and after into the fence ,” he said.

His explanation and justification weren’t fairly for race officials, however.

Benoit Tessier/ Reuters Dimension Data rider Mark Cavendish of Britain is examined journeying with a viciou digit after his Tuesday crash.

Race jury president Philippe Marien cited a portion of the International Cycling Union rules for Sagan’s disqualification. The rule says that any rider making a purposeful impediment” against one of the 1st 10 riders targeted” faces elimination.

Aside from doping offenses, disqualifications are rare in the race that was first held in 1903, according to the AP.

In 2010, Australian Mark Renshaw got the boot for trying to headbutt fellow rider Julian Dean in a sprint finish.

Tim de Waele via Getty Images Sagan, who won the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday, is examined during Tuesday’s stage four reaching.