World champion Peter Sagan has left the Tour de France after being disqualified for causing the crash which ended Mark Cavendish’s race report from the BBC have it.
His team Bora-Hansgrohe had protested against the decision, but race organisers will not allow an appeal.
The 27-year-old Slovak elbowed Britain’s Cavendish during the sprint finish to stage four in Vittel.
Cavendish, 32, crashed into the barriers and later pulled out of the race with a broken shoulder.
“I can accept the decision but for sure I do not agree with them, because I think I have done nothing wrong,” Sagan said in a statement outside the team hotel.
“It is very bad that Mark fell down, it is important he can recover well, I am sorry for that.
“As you saw it was a crazy sprint, it was not the first one like that or the last one. I wish that Mark recovers well.”