Sagan found at no fault for Cavendish Tour crash; UCI introduces video official

Posted on: December 5th, 2017

Peter Sagan Mark Cavendish Tour crash

World Champion Peter Sagan appeared to elbow Mark Cavendish into the barriers at the Tour. But the replay showed Cavendish was already falling and that Sagan was trying to balance himself and stay upright.


Peter Sagan has been absolved of any blame for the crash that saw him disqualified from the Tour de France.

And the UCI is now set to introduce a video commissaire to avoid a repeat of the mistake it made in ejecting the rider from the race.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider was judged at the time having caused the crash that took out Mark Cavendish.

Sagan and his team requested the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended his disqualification, by the UCI commissaires, to allow him continue.

And when that was refused and Sagan was thrown off the race, the legal action with CAS was continued.

A hearing was due to take place today in Lausanne but has been settled, with the UCI, Sagan and his team confirming the move this morning.

“Having considered the materials submitted in the CAS proceedings, including video footage that was not available at the time when the race jury had disqualified Peter Sagan, the parties agreed that the crash was an unfortunate and unintentional race incident,” the UCI said.

“The UCI Commissaires made their decision based on their best judgment in the circumstances.

“On this basis, the parties agreed not to continue with the legal proceedings and to focus on the positive steps that can be taken in the future instead“.

UCI president David Lappartient said the matter underline the difficult work commissaires undertook.

“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,” he said.

Sagan said he was glad the matter was now concluded.

“The past is already forgotten. It’s all about improving our sport in the future,” he said.

“I welcome the fact that what happened to me in Vittel has showed 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.”

BORA – hansgrohe team manager Ralph Denk said it was clear to him Sagan was never at fault.

“It has always been our goal to make clear that Peter had not caused Mark Cavendish’s fall,” he said.

“This was Peter’s position from day one. No one wants riders to fall or get hurt but the incident in Vittel was a race accident as can happen in the course of a sprint.

“My job as a team manager is to protect my riders and sponsors. I think that this is what we, as a team, have done.

“I am reinforced in my view that neither Peter nor BORA – hansgrohe have made any mistakes.”