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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17909
Location: Portland, OR

9/9/20 9:02 PM

9/9 Stage 11 [spoiler]

Wout clearly moved right and closed Sagan to the barrier, granted it was a tight lane Peter took.

Again, like with the Cav crash, Sagan get the example made on him for what looked legit to me...

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LeeW
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 376
Location: near Baltimore, MD

9/10/20 5:47 AM

I thought the ruling was "a little" harsh.

Yes, Wout drifted right by 5-8 cm and there was a noticeable shoulder lean by Peter, but this is professional bike sprinting, which by its nature, is rarely going to be clean and contact free. Sort of like saying the NBA game allows no physical contact. I used to see magnitudes worse contact/conduct from the likes of McEwan or Cavendouche (to borrow Brian's favorite nickname;-) or a host of other sprinters through the years.

That doesn't even mention the block in the barriers or the selfie stick that Peter had to contend with (although he said he didn't notice the selfie stick).

I guess the officials were trying to maintain control early in the event.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/10/20 7:31 AM

Sagan got screwed, plain and simple. I've seen a lot worse contact without any penalties. He didn't impede Van Aert, he just pushed him sideways and if you look at the video, VA didn't miss a pedal stroke. Sagan was obviously going faster and was going to beat him.

I agree with Robbie McEwan who opined that the commissionaires are trying to "sanitize" sprinting. Sam Bennett - who Sagan beat to the line - asked "When did sprinting get soft?"

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/10/20 7:33 AM

Sagan got screwed, plain and simple. I've seen a lot worse contact without any penalties. He didn't impede Van Aert, he just pushed him sideways and if you look at the video, VA didn't miss a pedal stroke. Sagan was obviously going faster and was going to beat him.

I agree with Robbie McEwan who opined that the commissionaires are trying to "sanitize" sprinting. Sam Bennett - the guy that who had the most to lose if Sagan's result was allowed to stand - asked "When did sprinting get soft?" That pretty much says it all.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17909
Location: Portland, OR

9/10/20 12:30 PM

Stage 12

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