Directeur Sportif of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, Patxi Vila, has confirmed that it was a motorbike which caused Peter Sagan to crash in the closing kilometres of today’s stage of the Vuelta a Espana.
Television viewers saw the Slovakian champion lash out at a motorbike and also kick his bicycle in a fit of anger after the incident, where it could be seen that his shorts had been torn to shreds. He had still been part of the small lead group in the closing kilometres, and would have been confident of taking another stage win.
His directeur sportif later confirmed what had happened. Vila said: “A moto passed the group in the final kilometres and took out Sagan. Not on purpose, of course, but this shouldn’t happen.”
Sagan was able to continue in the race, but was understandably livid about what had happened. He was visibly angry as he rode towards the finish line.