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Demare wins Tour de France stage four; Thomas, Cavendish crash

July 21 2018, 12:07 | Irvin Gilbert

Demare wins Tour de France stage four; Thomas, Cavendish crash

Demare wins Tour de France stage four; Thomas, Cavendish crash

TV replays suggested a clash of wheels may have sent the Dimension Data rider flying into the barriers but Sagan's arm was suspiciously extended and the race jury concluded that the Slovak's actions "seriously endangered the other riders".

"We apply article 12.104 of the International Cycling Union regulations which allow us to disqualify a rider".

About 50 meters (yards) from the end of Stage 4, Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was trying to pass, but was squeezed against the barriers to his right, out of the way.

I don't know if I've snapped the fake ligament in or what - I'm going to go and get it looked at. "It was just one of those things".

"If I was Sagan, I'd apologize for that", said Roger Hammond, Cavendish's sports director at Dimension Data. I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that, ' Cavendish said in comments reported by The Guardian.

And the shoulder, there's something to do with that previous shoulder that I did in Harrogate - it's just sat backwards, he added.

There was another crash earlier that delayed Tour leader Geraint Thomas, but the Welshman retained the yellow jersey since it happened in the neutral zone near the stage finish.

Cavendish demanded an explanation from Sagan, telling TV cameras as he was being led away that he definitely needs stitches in this finger, it's bleeding a lot.

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Geraint Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind the victor, to hold on to the race leader's yellow jersey.

The Manxman fell heavily after taking a nudge from world champion Peter Sagan in the final 100 metres in Vittel. "I'm not a doctor but I'm not optimistic".

Unable to react, Germany's John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo) and Britain's Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) both ploughed into Cavendish's prone body before flying over their handlebars.

American Nathan Brown, who was part of the day's breakaway, took enough points over the five climbs on the day to snatch the polkadot jersey for the king of the mountains from his teammate and compatriot Taylor Phinney.

However, Bora-Hansgrohe's Sagan took a second to clip his shoe back in before accelerating to outsprint Australian Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb and Ireland's Dan Martin of Quick-Step Floors. "I hit the deck but I'm fine", Thomas said.

Nonetheless, Sagan was disqualified from the Tour de France for the incident.

When asked if he accepted the blame, Sagan said, "It's the sprint, I just didn't know that Mark was behind me".

Tomorrow's fifth stage takes the Tour another 160.5 kilometers from Vittel to La planche des belles filles.

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