Peter Sagan and the UCI have agreed to end their legal battle concerning the world champion’s disqualification from the Tour de France for dangerous riding just a few hours before the final hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
Sagan was disqualified after clashing with Mark Cavendish in the final metres of the hectic sprint that decided stage 4 to Vittel. Sagan seemed to squeeze Cavendish into the barriers, with his elbow sticking out. He argued he was trying to avoid a crash but after two hours of studying video footage, the race judge disqualified him sparking one of the biggest controversies of this year’s Tour de France.
Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team tried to get the verdict immediately overturned by CAS. When this failed, they promised to continue their legal battle. The hearing was set for December 5 but the UCI announced that the two sides had agreed “not to continue with the legal proceedings and to focus on the positive steps that can be taken in the future instead.”
After the vision of ‘new materials’ both parties reached a compromise and agreed “that the crash was an unfortunate and unintentional race incident and that 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,” reads a UCI statement.
Sagan missed out on a chance out win a sixth green points jersey at the Tour de France because of his disqualification but in a carefully worded statement, he claimed he has put the moment behind him.
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