Peter Sagan: I didn’t think it was a dangerous move

Team Bora rider Slovakias Peter Sagan L and Team Jumbo rider Belgiums Wout van Aert 2ndL sprint at the end of the 11th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 167 km between Chatelaillon Plage and Poitiers on September 9 2020 Photo by Thibault Camus various sources AFP Photo by THIBAULT CAMUSAFP via Getty Images
Peter Sagan moves away from the barriers and leans into Wout van Aert (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has defended the manoeuvre that saw him relegated from second place on stage 11 of the Tour de France, claiming that he moved from his line and into Wout van Aert's ribs only to avoid hitting an advertising bollard amid the barriers on the roadside.

The race jury relegated Sagan to the rear of the peloton after they deemed that he had barged van Aert with his shoulder in the closing metres of a stage won in a blanket finish by Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal).

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