Peter Sagan: I don't accept being called violent
Jul 17 2017 07:44 pm CET

Peter Sagan: I don't accept being called violent
Peter Sagan: I don't accept being called violent
Photo of Peter Sagan by the A.S.O.

World champion Peter Sagan of Bora-hansgrohe has criticized the Tour de France jury for taking him out of the race and calling him violent.

The Slovak spoke to broadcasters ZDF of Germany and VTM of Belgium about his disqualification from the Tour de France. The jury decided to remove the rider from the race after the infamous crash involving Mark Cavendish in the fourth stage.

"I can accept being out of the Tour, but I cannot accept the decision of the jury. It was a big mistake, I think," he said.

"It took a long time until I had clarity. I was awaiting the decision of whether I got to start the next day or not. The answer never came. Why not? It is the 21st century, the Tour keeps going and nobody answers.

"The jury never spoke to me," he continued. "I did something wrong according to them, and I was violent. That is bad, to be called violent when you didn't do anything. But still you get called violent in front of the entire world. I don't accept that, because I didn't do anything wrong.

"The riders have to be better protected," Sagan concluded. "But who will do that?"




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