Cavendish crashes out, Sagan disqualified from Tour de France
Slovak professional road bicycle racer Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after apparently elbowing Britain's Mark Cavendish on Monday, July 4, 2017 and causing him to crash into the barriers at around 60 mph. Cavendish was forced to retire from the competition with a fractured scapula. Team doctor Adrian Rotunno was able to confirm that the British cyclist did not suffer nerve damage and will not require surgery.
For the remainder of the month of July, the eyes of the cycling world will be focused on stages 5 through 21 of the punishing multistage competition. Stage 1, individual time trials, took place in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Saturday, July 1. Stage 2, the first leg of racing, from Dusseldorf to Liege in Belgium, was won by German Marcel Kittel on Sunday. Sagan had won the third stage of the race, from Verviers to Longwy, on Monday before being kicked out of the month-long event at Stage 4, Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel, which was won by Arnaud Demare of France.
Tour de France 2016
Tour de France 2016 was won by British cyclist Chris Froome, OBE, who was racing for UCI Pro Team Sky. Three-time TDF winner, Froome was born and raised in Kenya by British parents. He is considered one of the top stage-race cyclists of modern times. The 2016 race originated in Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France, and finished with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris. Prior to Stage 5 of TDF 2017, Froome was bookies' favorite to win at 5/6.
Tour de France History
The Tour de France began in 1903. Apart from pausing for two world wars, the race has taken place every year since then. The tortuous tour consists of both clockwise and counterclockwise circuits and covers around 3,500 km (2,200 mi). The route typically changes every year.
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