Peter Sagan ends legal dispute about Tour de France disqualification
Dec 05 2017 06:26 pm CET

Peter Sagan ends legal dispute about Tour de France disqualification
Peter Sagan ends legal dispute about Tour de France disqualification
Photo of Peter Sagan by the A.S.O.

Bora-hansgrohe and Peter Sagan have agreed to end the legal dispute about the rider's disqualification at the 2017 Tour de France.

This decision was taken in advance of the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, which was scheduled for Tuesday.

Sagan was disqualified after a crash during the final sprint of the 4th stage in Vittel. At the moment it was considered that the rider had intentionally pushed Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) against the fences in an incident that finished with the Briton being taken out of the race with a broken shoulder.

After consideration of the materials submitted in the CAS proceedings, both parties agreed that the crash was unintentional and that the UCI Commissaires made their decision based on their best judgment in the circumstances. Based on this agreement, the parties have agreed not to continue with the legal proceedings and to focus on the positive steps that can be taken in future similar incidents.

"These proceedings have shown how important and arduous the work of the UCI Commissaires is. As of next season, the UCI intends to engage a ‘Support Commissaire’ to assist the Commissaires Panel with special video expertise on the main events of the UCI World Tour," said UCI President David Lappartient.

Sagan is also pleased with this agreement. "The past is already forgotten. It’s all about improving our sport in the future," he commented. "I welcome the fact that what happened to me in Vittel has shown that the UCI Commissaires’ work is a difficult one and that the UCI has recognised the need to facilitate their work in a more effective way.

"I am happy that my case will lead to positive developments because it is important for our sport to make fair and comprehensible decisions, even if emotions are sometimes heated up."



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