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Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects appeal by Peter Sagan to be allowed back in Tour de France

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 July, 2017, 12:37am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 July, 2017, 2:25am

Sport’s highest court has rejected Peter Sagan’s appeal to be allowed back into the Tour de France.

The world champion was sent home from the race for elbowing British rival Mark Cavendish during Stage 4 on Tuesday.

His Bora-Hansgrohe team appealed to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a short statement on Thursday, the court said it rejected the appeal and that Sagan “remains disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France.”

The team insisted that Sagan “did not cause, let alone deliberately, the fall of Mark Cavendish.”

Peter Sagan disqualified in Tour de France after appearing to elbow rival and causing a crash

It said “Sagan stayed on his line and could not see Cavendish on the right side.”

The crash forced Cavendish to abandon the race with a broken shoulder.