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Yep, just saw. Think that's an extreme overreaction given similar

tangles and scrapes in prior years. I imagine the resulting injuries colored the decision. The fanboys on Reddit and Velo already have the freeze-frames showing Cav's helmet, falling before the elbow extended, and are interpreting it in a dozen different ways - didn't seem clear cut or malicious enough for a total DQ, but many folks feel different depending what team the support or flag they fly. Cav was the rider from behind, his responsibility to choose a better line; there were too many people trying to grab a couple wheels, unfortunately nowhere for Cav, Sagan, or Bouhani to go.

To me it looks like Sagan definitely flicks his elbow/shoulder, but I'd do the same thing out of instinct or annoyance if someone put their helmet into me from behind at 30mph and tried to barrel through. And in way too many viewings, especially the angle from front/above, Sagan's elbow throw was after Cav was already falling, it didn't even make contact. Shot from above makes it look worse re: Sagan making contact with his torso, but still showed elbow didn't impact. Penalty for impeding Cav's poor choice of line, fine; total DQ, I don't see it at all.

It's the Tour's party, they make the rules, but without Valverde and Sagan, this tour is about to go further into Sky snooze mode.

[Post edited by HooSingleBarrel at 07/04/2017 4:24PM]

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Posted: 07/04/2017 at 1:41PM


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Sagan with a little elbow shiver, hockey check into the boards. -- HooSingleBarrel 07/04/2017 12:43PM
  So much going on there -- Stimp 07/04/2017 1:24PM
  Sagan kicked out of the Tour -- Stimp 07/04/2017 1:38PM
  Pretty evident to me- -- MBHoo 07/04/2017 4:17PM
  Glancing at the top 10 in the Sabre league -- TY-HOO 07/04/2017 4:19PM
  I've seen the replay about 50 times... -- Stimp 07/04/2017 4:31PM
  Again with the replay... -- Stimp 07/04/2017 4:53PM
  I agree with you. -- ClemmonsHoo 07/04/2017 11:06PM
  I just watched it. -- ClemmonsHoo 07/04/2017 9:15PM

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