Peter Sagan elbows Mark Cavendish, booted from Tour De France

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VIDEO - Tour de France 2017: Mark Cavendish: I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow into me like that
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05 July, 2017

"Peter Sagan is disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after today's tumultuous sprint in Vittel", race jury president Philippe Marien told reporters.

Cavendish: I get on with Peter but I'm not a fan of him putting in the elbow like that.

What likely prompted the race organisers decision was they way in which Sagan apparently pushed with his elbow upon contacting Cavendish.

Sagan, victor of stage three on Monday, rode to the Dimension Data bus to apologise to Cavendish.

"A crash is a crash but I'd just like to talk to him about the elbow". Marcel Kittel, Arnaud Démare, André Greipel, Peter Sagan - obviously, Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff and Dylan Groenewegen will all be hoping to get involved on the slightly uphill, but not too steep, finish.

"I was following [eventual stage victor Arnaud] Démare around and Sagan came over, that was it", Cavendish said surrounded by press at the bus.

Cavendish left the press for an ambulance and went to the hospital for controls. It was not relaxing, so I am happy to get through it with Froomey.

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan.

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Sagan, a world champion, was disqualified for throwing an elbow at Mark Cavendish that set off a wild crash during a frenzied sprint to the finish line on Tuesday.

Defending champion Froome was held up by Thomas' crash but did not go down.

Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas hit the deck in the crash near the end, but as the incident occurred within the final three kilometres he will be credited with the same time as the victor. "I'm delighted", Sagan said.

"I'm all right", Thomas said via WalesOnline after the stage that saw him retain his lead.

Australia's Michael Matthews was in the bunch finish as well and finished the stage in seventh place.

German Tony Martin is racing the Tour de France covered in bandages and coping with what he's described as a "small concussion" after a crash on Stage 2, Radsport-News.com reported. Matthews moved up to third overall on the same time as Froome, with Sagan fourth a second further back. "He wears the world champion's jersey and thinks he can do what he wants", he said of the Slovak, who had already annoyed some of the other riders in Monday's stage three intermediate sprint.

The 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) leg begins in Vittel and winds its way to La Planche Des Belles Filles with a short but steep finishing ascent that features a leg-breaking 20-percent gradient in the final meters.


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