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Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects appeal against Peter Sagan's Tour de France disqualification

"Peter Sagan remains disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France," says CAS in decision...

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.

> Bora-Hansgrohe appeal Peter Sagan's Tour de France disqualification to Court of Arbitration for Sport

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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sodit | 6 years ago

From the videos it seems six of one and half a dozen of the other.

neilv | 6 years ago

Whilst I don't agree with it Renshaw was disqualified for headbutting and no one crashed. Someone else was disqualified for throwing a water bottle. The French conspiracy theory is quite fun though.....I think in reality they have made an example of him.

RobD | 6 years ago

I agree it seems a bit like he's being made an example of, was what he did worthy of getting kicked off the tour? maybe, but only if you are going to be consistent and dq any other riders who do something similar which doesn't seem to have happened very much in recent years. Yes it was a particularly nasty crash, but I think there was no intent to what he did, whereas riders who have clearly had more intent to their actions have been allowed to remain in races.

Going forwards Hopefully this means stricter judgements from the commisaires, they seem to have gotten a little bolder about holding on to team cars and riders physically assulting each other so maybe they're slowly ramping it up.

Flying Scot | 6 years ago

He wouldnt have been banned if there were no viable French Sprinters on the tour.

There is enough doubt in those videos fromn the different angle for me to sit on the fence and thus not ban him.

Its not exacltly an Abdujaparov situation is it and it wasnt him that caused the pack to shift over there.

londoncommute | 6 years ago
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Did they reject the appeal as it wasn't valid for some reason or because they agreed with the decision?

Leviathan | 6 years ago

I'd love to watch the youtube video of Sagan starting the Tour three days down, cycling through the night on open roads to catch up to the event. He really would be a strong man to win stages after that.

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