Sagan accepts Tour disqualification, but states 'I didn't do something wrong'

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Peter Sagan has accepted his disqualification from the Tour de France amid reports Bora-Hansgrohe's appeal against the penalty has been unsuccessful.

Sagan was dealt the sanction following an incident that resulted in Mark Cavendish being taken to hospital with a broken shoulder on stage four.

The reigning world champion, who crossed the line second behind Arnaud Demare, caught Cavendish with an elbow in a frantic finish to the 207.5-kilometre route from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel, sending the Manxman crashing into barriers.

Team Dimension Data rider Cavendish was forced to withdraw and the Commissaires Panel elected to eliminate Sagan from the race for his part in the incident.

His team's efforts to overturn the penalty have seemingly proved unsuccessful and, while he accepts his race is over, Sagan remains adamant he is not guilty of any wrongdoing.

"I can accept the decision of the jury but for sure I do not agree with them because I think I didn't do something wrong in the sprint," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"It's very bad that Mark fell down and it's important that he can recover well. I'm sorry for that.

"But it was a crazy sprint. It was not the first one like that and it won't be the last.

"I wish Mark a good recovery and that's it."