Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe take Tour disqualification appeal to CAS


Peter Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team have launched an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Slovakian's disqualification from the Tour de France following a collision with Mark Cavendish.

The Commissaires Panel decided that Sagan was at fault for the incident that saw Cavendish taken to hospital with a broken shoulder.

Sagan, who was aiming to win the points classification for the sixth consecutive year, veered towards Cavendish in a frantic ending to stage four in Vittel and caught the Manxman with an Elbow, with Cavendish crashing into the barriers.

It was a decision that Sagan later said he accepted, although he did protest his innocence and the issue has now been taken to CAS.

Bora-Hansgrohe have asked CAS to suspend the Commissaires Panel's decision and allow Sagan to re-enter the Tour.

A team statement read: "The Team and Peter Sagan, represented by their counsels Prof. Dr. Rainer Cherkeh (Hannover) and Dr. Maurice Courvoisier (Walder Wyss AG, Basel), have lodged an appeal with the CAS yesterday including 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.

"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."

The team, who claim Sagan was not given the opportunity to explain himself as per UCI regulations, added: "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."

On Thursday, Sagan tweeted an apology to which Cavendish accepted.