World champion settles legal dispute with UCI over Tour de France disqualification

World champion Peter Sagan and world governing body the UCI have ended their legal dispute before a scheduled hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team had appealed over Sagan's disqualification from this year's Tour de France, which followed a crash on stage four in Vittel that ended the race for Mark Cavendish.

Sagan was blamed for the crash and disqualified by the race jury, denying him the chance to win a record-equalling sixth straight green jersey in the points classification and prompting a furious reaction from his team.

As part of a settlement with the UCI announced today, a new support commissaire will be introduced at major World Tour races from next year to help with incidents reviewed on video evidence.

"The past is already forgotten," Sagan said in a statement issued by his team. "It's all about improving our sport in the future. I welcome the fact that what happened to me in Vittel has showed that the UCI Commissaires' work is a difficult one and that the UCI has recognised the need to facilitate their work in a more effective way.

"I am happy that my case will lead to positive developments, because it is important for our sport to make fair and comprehensible decisions, even if emotions are sometimes heated up."


 

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