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Peter Sagan's 2017 Tour De France Disqualification Appeal Rejected by CAS

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2017

VITTEL, FRANCE - JULY 04:  Peter Sagan of Slovakia riding for Bora-Hansgrohe sprints to the line during stage four of the 2017 Le Tour de France, a 207.5km stage from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel on July 4, 2017 in Vittel, France.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has turned down Peter Sagan's appeal against his disqualification from the Tour de France.

Sky Sports News HQ broke the news on Thursday:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

BREAKING: Appeal against @petosagan's disqualification from @LeTour rejected by Court of Arbitration for Sport. #SSNHQ https://t.co/UZLkPXZVpo

Sagan was disqualified for his part in Mark Cavendish's crash in Stage 4 of the race.

BBC Sport's Richard Conway shared CAS' statement:

Richard Conway @richard_conway

Breaking: Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects Peter Sagan's appeal. He remains disqualified from Tour De France. #tdf2017 https://t.co/S4k26pkroc

The BORA-hansgrohe rider was initially penalised with an 80-point deduction after he appeared to force Cavendish wide using his elbow, prompting the Englishman to crash as he ran out of space against the barriers.

The Tour's official Twitter feed captured the moment:

Le Tour de France @LeTour

🎞 @arnauddemare s'impose nettement devant @petosagan / Clear victory for @arnauddemare ahead of Sagan #TDF2017 https://t.co/8tPNyOZiVD

Sagan messaged Cavendish on Thursday prior to the announcement, wishing him well after he had to pull out of the Tour through injury:

Peter Sagan @petosagan

Mark, get well soon! I prefer a finish like the one in the first photo 😉 but whatever the outcome, I look forward to racing against you! https://t.co/JFSW4HqYnF

While the world champion's use of his elbows to create space was indeed excessive, his disqualification seemed particularly harsh.

As noted by Bleacher Report's Gianni Verschueren, using elbows is commonplace, and Cavendish himself is no stranger to them:

Gianni Verschueren @ReverschPass

Hell, is there a rider out there who uses his head and elbows more than Mark Cavendish? Don't think so #LeTourDeFrance

With his appeal turned down, Sagan's absence from the remainder of the Tour is confirmed.

The 27-year-old was a top contender for the green jersey and was targeting a sixth consecutive points classification win, which would have equaled Erik Zabel's record.

The field will be wide open as a result, but the absence of one of the sport's biggest names will be keenly felt.

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