Sagan barged Cavendish into the barriers as the Manxman tried to sneak through a tight gap, flicking out an elbow which caused the Manxman to crash badly.
The incident also caused John Degenkolb and Ben Swift to crash, and left Cavendish’s arm in a sling as he awaited an X-ray. Cavendish was later confirmed to have broken his shoulder and abandoned the race.
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Upon the conclusion of the stage, Dimension Data directeur sportif Roger Hammond and Cavendish’s long-standing manager Rolf Aldag called for Sagan to be disqualified for the incident.
And race commissaires later agreed, having reviewed the footage, stating that Sagan’s ‘irregular sprinting’ merited disqualification, having initially only relegated the Slovakian and docked time and points.