Bora-hansgrohe: Peter Sagan should be allowed to return to the Tour de France
Jul 06 2017 03:57 pm CET

Bora-hansgrohe: Peter Sagan should be allowed to return to the Tour de France
Bora-hansgrohe: Peter Sagan should be allowed to return to the Tour de France
Photo of Peter Sagan and Rafal Majka by BORA-hansgrohe

German WorldTour team Bora-hansgrohe has lodged an official appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following the exclusion of Peter Sagan from the Tour de France.

The team wrote on its official website that the appeal includes an "urgent motion to suspend the decision of the 'Commissaires Panel' taken on late July 4, 2017 and confirmed by the President of the UCI".

Sagan was expelled from the Tour de France after a crash in the final sprint of the fourth stage on Tuesday. The Slovak was held responsible for the crash, in which Mark Cavendish fractured his shoulder and was forced to abandon the race.

Sagan himself rejected the responsibility the next morning and his team, clearly, agrees.

"The Team and Peter Sagan would like to reiterate their position that Peter Sagan did not cause, let alone deliberately, the fall of Mark Cavendish on the last 200m of the fourth stage on July 4, 2017. Peter Sagan stayed on his line and could not see Mark Cavendish on the right side," Bora-hansgrohe wrote.

"Although the UCI CYCLING REGULATIONS provide unambiguously that it is mandatory to hear a rider before any disciplinary decision is taken (Rule 12.2.006: 'The Commissaires Panel may judge the matter only if the offending party has had a chance to defend his point of view […]'), Peter Sagan has not been given an opportunity to explain to the 'Commissaires Panel' his point of view.

"If the motion to suspend, on which the CAS will have to decide now, is granted, Peter Sagan will immediately re-engage in the Tour and, together with the team BORA – hansgrohe, compete for a successful Tour de France 2017."




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