Peter Sagan has responded to footage of him shouldering Belgian rider Maxime Vantomme out of the way during Gent-Wevelgem by saying “I’m sorry but these things happen.”
The incident happened on the Kemmelberg climb as the eventual winner Greg Van Avermaet was attacking.
Sagan can be seen at the very bottom of the shot, moving towards Vantomme on his left before seemingly body-checking him out of the way.
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— Joachim Verhaeghe (@JoachimVerhaegh) March 29, 2017
When the footage was brought to his attention, Sagan said:
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) March 30, 2017
Vantomme himself doesn’t seem too bothered, observing:
@cronoescalada That's the life of a small cyclist.
— Maxime Vantomme (@MaximeVantomme) March 27, 2017
Tom Boonen also acknowledged the incident, but said only:
— tom boonen (@tomboonen1) March 27, 2017
Boonen did however have stronger words for Sagan’s post-race comments about team-mate Niki Terpstra.
The Slovak had observed, “It’s not sport, it’s a cheap game,” about his rival’s refusal to work with him.
@MBerreth maybe we should give napkins to everyone who wants to cry after the finish.
— tom boonen (@tomboonen1) March 26, 2017