Bora-Hansgrohe to appeal Sagan's Tour de France disqualification


Bora-Hansgrohe have announced they will appeal Peter Sagan's disqualification from the Tour de France after Mark Cavendish was forced to withdraw due to injuries sustained in a dramatic collision with the world champion.

Arnaud Demare came out on top in stage four but his victory was overshadowed by Sagan's disqualification after the Bora-Hansgrohe cyclist caught Cavendish with an elbow during a frantic sprint finish on Tuesday.

Sagan - who initially finished second behind Demare following the 207.5-kilometre route from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel - sent Cavendish crashing into the barriers as the Team Dimension Data rider's campaign ended abruptly due to a shoulder injury sustained in the heavy fall. 

However, Bora-Hansgrohe are unhappy with the Commissaires Panel's decision to disqualify Sagan, applying for a redress of the 27-year-old's result.

"In the sprint I didn't know that Mark Cavendish was behind me. He was coming from the right side, and I was trying to go on [Alexander] Kristoff's wheel," Sagan said.

"Mark was coming really fast from the back and I just didn't have time to react and to go left. He came into me and he went into the fence.

"When I was told after the finish that Mark had crashed, I went straight away to find out how he was doing. We are friends and colleagues in the peloton and crashes like that are never nice. I hope Mark recovers soon."