Peter Sagan was penalized on Wednesday after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France for a dangerous maneuver in the mass sprint.

The Slovak, who crossed the finish line second behind Caleb Ewan, gave Wout van Aert a big push with his shoulder just before the finish.

Sagan rode close to the gates in the hectic bunch sprint in Poitiers.

In the last 100 meters he tried to dive into a small hole to the right of Van Aert.

In doing so, he pushed the Belgian quite a bit to the left.

Van Aert, who already booked two stage victories this Tour, could no longer win, partly due to Sagan's push.

He finished fourth behind Ewan, Sagan and Sam Bennett.

Immediately after the finish, the Jumbo-Visma rider raised his middle finger to Sagan, for which he was fined 200 Swiss francs (about 186 euros).

"I had the speed in the sprint today and tried it on the right side, but there the gap became very small. I had to move a little to the left to avoid the gates and that's why I was downgraded," said Sagan in a short reaction.

"Peter hit Van Aert harder than he wanted and so he was punished", said sports director Enrico Poitschke of BORA-hansgrohe.

"It's very annoying, but we have to accept it."

🦅 The aerial view from the finish in Poitiers, won by @CalebEwan in a tight contest! 🦅 Vue aérienne de ce sprint à @poitiersfr remporté d'un rien par @CalebEwan!

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Avatar Author LeTour Moment of places 16:02 - 9 September 2020

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Sagan is far behind in the points classification

Sagan was kicked out of the Tour in 2017 after the fourth stage, because he caused a serious crash by Mark Cavendish in the final meters of a mass sprint.

The three-time world champion was only moved back to the last place of the first group on Wednesday (85th place).

In addition, he was deducted thirteen points for the points classification and a fine of 500 Swiss francs.

The BORA-hansgrohe leader, who has not yet won a stage this Tour, lost a total of 43 points for the battle for the green jersey due to his maneuver, as a second place is worth 30 points.

His chances of winning the points classification for the eighth time have therefore diminished considerably.

"But I haven't given up on the fight yet," said Sagan.

Green jersey wearer Bennett now has a lead of 81 points over number two Sagan, while there will probably only be a mass sprint in the final stage to Paris.

However, there are still intermediate sprints every day where Sagan could grab points.

See also: View the classifications of the Tour de France with Mollema in thirteen place