World Champion Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France after he caused British cyclist Mark Cavendish to crash at the end of the fourth stage in Vittel.
Cavendish came down at full speed within a hundred metres of the finish line after being elbowed off balance by Sagan, who finished second.
The Slovak was initially given a 30-second penalty and docked 80 points in the green jersey competition. But after video analysis the judges convened a press conference to announce that the five-time green jersey winner would be sent home.
“We’ve decided to disqualify Peter Sagan from the Tour de France 2017 after the tumultuous sprint, here in Vittel,” an official from the race jury announced.
“He endangered multiple riders, Mark Cavendish and others who were implicated in the crash, in the final meters of the sprint.”