Wout Van Aert 'surprised and shocked' by Peter Sagan shoulder barge in Tour de France sprint

POITIERS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 09 Arrival Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Disappointment Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Green Points Jersey during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 11 a 1675km stage from ChatelaillonPlage to Poitiers TDF2020 LeTour on September 09 2020 in Poitiers France Photo by Thibault Camus PoolGetty Images
Van Aert demonstrates his unhappiness at Sagan's actions in the stage 11 sprint finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert and Tour de France leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) have backed the commissaires' decision to relegate Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) from second place on stage 11 after the former world champion’s manoeuvre in the bunch sprint in Poitiers.

Sagan bumped Van Aert with his shoulder en route to placing second on the stage behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) – and, crucially, ahead of green jersey Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) – but on reviewing the footage, the race jury relegated him to the back of the bunch and 85th place on the stage.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.