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Machine learning comes to Tour de France

Machine learning comes to Tour de France”

"We chose to disqualify Peter Sagan from the 2017 Tour de France because he endangered seriously several other riders, including Mark Cavendish, in the final meters of the sprint which happened in Vittel", race jury President Philippe Marien said. Marien said they were applying UCI race rules that allow them to disqualify riders in "serious cases".

The 30-time Tour stage victor was treated by medical staff before crossing the finish line with a bloodied and bandaged hand. "I'm happy to get through unscathed", Briton Thomas said. "It was just one of those things".

"Yeah, [he apologised]. I get on with Peter well, but I don't..."

Although Sagan had come to speak to him at his bus after the stage, Cavendish said he still wanted an explanation about the elbow. "In the mountains when the hammer goes down there's only 20 or 30 guys left anyway so majority don't have much help".

Overhead video appeared to show world champion Peter Sagan bumping into Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right. "He was close to losing his balance so he put out his arm to stop himself from falling down", the bodyguard said.

Yellow jersey Thomas had already hit the deck in an incident with just over a kilometre remaining when Dimension Data sprinter Cavendish was seemingly forced into the barriers by Slovenia's Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind Sagan, with Chris Froome ninth. "Half the peloton is racing not to lose time, half the peloton is aiming for the stage".

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Both Thomas and Froome are fine, Team Sky said. "There was a crash in front of us and again I had nowhere to go". The Quick-Step Floors rider's brilliant effort in Longwy - which returned in the Tour de France after a 35-year hiatus - saw him take a total of six seconds on all the other race favourites, a welcomed bonus that helped him move up to 15th place in the overall rankings.

American Nathan Brown, who was part of the day's breakaway, took enough points over the five climbs on the day to snatch the polkadot jersey for the king of the mountains from his teammate and compatriot Taylor Phinney.

"It's just the way the Tour is raced", he said when asked what he still needs to work on.

With Slovak Sagan disqualified, Norway's Alexander Kristoff came second and Greipel third.

Australian Michael Matthews was second on the stage with Dan Martin of Ireland third, just ahead of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in fourth.

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