The race jury removed Sagon from the back of the peloton after he deemed that he had van Aert applied to his shoulder in the stage’s closing meters, won by Blank Evan (Lotto Sodle) in a blanket finish.
Sagan’s hopes of winning the points classification for the eighth time are a serious blow. Along with losing points to finish second on the podium, Slovakia was awarded a penalty of 13 points, which meant that she started with some 12 of 68 points from the green jersey of Sam Bennett (Diesenkin-Quickstep).
The Irishman increased his lead to 70 points in the intermediate sprint after 51 km of the 12th leg.
“Tomorrow could have been a good day but in the end, it was a day you know. I do not know what say Eurosport At the beginning of phase 12 in Chauvigny.
The three-time world champion suggested that he had strayed from his line to avoid removing just one advertising bollard that struggled with obstacles.
“I finished my line. I went from behind and I saw some space there, ”Sagan said.
“You know, I noticed that the obstacles were very close, but there was something with branding after the middle of the barriers, there was some pole, going 90 degrees out. If I keep going that way I’m sure I’m going to touch it with my handlebars, so I spared a bit. I didn’t think it was a dangerous move. I don’t think so. ”
Sagan reiterated that explanation in an interview with ITV, where he insisted that he did not intentionally seek to block or hinder Van Aert. Belgium raised their resentment by raising their middle finger after finishing fourth on the podium (later upgraded to third) and were fined 200CHF for the gesture.
“I have to admit it [the commissaires’ decision], ”Sagan said.
“I did my own sprint, not once did I create someone or someone to block me. I don’t think I did. I was fighting to survive myself.”
In another interview with France television And RTBF, Sagan was asked about Van Aert’s maneuver response.
“After finishing in this way, everyone can have an extreme reaction. It is a question of emotions, ”Sagan said. “I have experience with all of that. He is young and strong, but he should rest a little more. ”
Van Art asked with a laugh Sporza To react to Sagan’s comments.
He said, “I think I wouldn’t react better.” “Of course, I reacted to myself yesterday, but not in the right way. I believe independently. Perhaps this was not the right start to the conversation. “