Sa­gan’s ex­pul­sion from Tour harsh: LeMond

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

PETER Sa­gan is an ag­gres­sive rider but he did not de­serve to be dis­qual­i­fied from the Tour de France be­cause he did not in­ten­tion­ally send Mark Cavendish crash­ing to the ground, three- time Tour de France cham­pion Greg LeMond says. World cham­pion Sa­gan was kicked out of the race after el­bow­ing his Bri­tish ri­val off bal­ance in a hec­tic sprint in the fourth stage, the race jury say­ing the Slo­vak wil­fully ob­structed Cavendish some 100 me­tres from the line.

Rid­ers of­ten reach 70km/ h in a sprint and any change of line or con­tact can have dra­matic con­se­quences.

“It is too harsh, I think,” Amer­i­can LeMond said.

“In a sprint, when you’re in front you try to close the door a lit­tle but sprints are very dan­ger­ous.

“What Sa­gan did was wrong but was it in­ten­tional? Did he pur­posely send Cavendish into the bar­ri­ers? I don’t think so.”

Peter Sa­gan of Slo­vakia.

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