The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal from the management company of the Bora-Hansgrohe team and Peter Sagan against the world champion's disqualification from the Tour de France.
The Slovak rider was thrown off the race after he was adjudged to have endangered other riders, including Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish who sustained a broken shoulder blade, in a crash during the finale of Tuesday's Stage 4 in Vittel.
His team confirmed that it had appealed to CAS, igniting speculation that the rider may have made an unlikely - not to say, unprecedented - return to the race.
But in a statement issued this afternoon, CAS said:
The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) issued a decision rejecting an urgent request for provisional measures filed by the Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan and the Denk Pro Cycling team in the afternoon of 5 July 2017.
The rider and team appealed the exclusion of the rider by the UCI Commissaires Panel on 4 July 2017 following an incident during the sprint phase at the end of the 4th stage of the 2017 Tour de France (Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel).
Accordingly, Peter Sagan remains disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France.
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