Wout van Aert thinks it is right that Peter Sagan is downgraded in the eleventh stage of the Tour de France.
The Jumbo-Visma rider was apparently put aside in the bunch sprint by his colleague from BORA-hansgrohe.
Van Aert was in first place for a long time, but dropped to fourth place after the incident with Sagan, who touched Van Aert's body with his head.
He eventually finished third behind Caleb Ewan and Sam Bennett because Sagan was put back in the result by the organization.
"I was in a good position, but because Sagan just pounded me to the side, I lost the momentum and it became nothing more. I was very shocked by the beech", said Van Aert, who raised his middle finger after the finish in the direction of Sagan. , just before his rival was declassified against
"It's dangerous enough. After a push like that, it's normal that I can't control myself for a moment. Creating space for yourself that way has nothing to do with sprinting. I tried to talk to him about it, but then I got the brunt of it back. There was little opportunity for conversation. "
Ewan: 'Nobody thinks about safety at that moment'
Ewan, who took his second victory in this Tour, refused to take sides.
"We were all at our limit and went full for the win. No one is thinking about safety at the time. It probably looks worse on TV than it actually was."
Leader in the general classification Primoz Roglic rallied behind his teammate Van Aert.
"It seems to me to be the right decision that Sagan has been punished. Sprinters are different from us, they are crazy guys. They fight with everything they have in them for the win. But the sprint has to be fair."
Sagan eventually had to settle for 85th place (the last place of the front group).
He therefore missed important points in the battle for the green jersey.
His gap on leader Bennett as number two is now 68 points.
(175 to 243 wells).
See also: View the classifications of the Tour de France with Mollema in thirteen place