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I've seen it too much and read too much, and still think it was an

overreaction, extremely so, to DQ a rider over a messy sprint with multiple infractions, many of which would just be called "racing moves" on most stages by fellow sprinters. One could easily remove the stage result and relegate folks who finished in the top 5 and some of those on the ground. No one rode a true straight line, no one was on a wheel tight enough to close out others, and two guys (or more) wanted to get Demare's wheel, who had the best line and timing. Cav didn't match Demare's acceleration and allowed more than enough space for Sagan to get on the wheel. Also, Demare accelerated and moved to his left more into Sagan's line, so even if Cav was tighter on the wheel, Demare is taking him sideways into Sagan. Cav used his helmet and the outside in an attempt to keep Demare's wheel. Most riders not named Sagan would have probably ended up on the floor with Cav after the tangle. Both guys, and others, with infractions yesterday. Not a clean sprint in the least. But egregious enough for a DQ? - taking the names/celebrity and unfortunate abandonment out of it - similar situations and crashes happen in multiple sprints in every Tour without DQ. It's hard enough to get a DQ after flat out fisticuffs or swinging a wheel at someone (that was a fun day).

Again, it's their party and their decision, but if Cav and others just went down, but survived to race another day, I have to wonder what the Tour would do. If this is eye-for-eye justice for Cav being knocked out of the Tour, then I get it. If this is just to send a message, I don't see how it will make sprints safer moving forward - too many bodies, too much speed, too many things on the line - these guys aren't going to stop muscling, head butting, or going for wheels or lines.

Ultimately doesn't impact me other than having two entertaining personalities and exciting riders out of the Tour. Most former cyclists and current sprinters it does impact, seem to indicate there were infractions, it was a messier sprint than it needed to be, but nothing negligent or malicious enough to warrant a total DQ.

[Post edited by HooSingleBarrel at 07/05/2017 08:09AM]

(In response to this post by DoubleHooinFL)

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 07:21AM


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