The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday rejected Peter Sagan's team's appeal against the exclusion of the world champion from the Tour de France after he sent Mark Cavendish crashing in a sprint.
Sagan, the current world champion and a member of Germany's Bora-Hansgrohe team, said that he did not cause the crash.
"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 teamin the afternoon of 5 July 2017", the statement read.
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"We've made a decision to disqualify Peter Sagan from the Tour de France 2017 as he endangered some of his colleagues seriously in the final meters of the sprint", UCI jury president Philippe Mariën said.
About 50 metres from the end of Stage 4 this morning, Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right, out of the way. The Tour's race commission disagreed, though, and had disqualified him for having "endangered some of his colleagues seriously".
The Commissaires Panel decided that Sagan was at fault for the incident that saw Cavendish taken to hospital with a broken shoulder.
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"Accordingly, Peter Sagan remains disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France".
The BORA-hansgrohe rider was initially penalised with an 80-point deduction after he appeared to force Cavendish wide using his elbow, prompting the Englishman to crash as he ran out of space against the barriers.
Sagan said he apologized to Cavendish shortly after the incident.
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