Sagan accepts but disagrees with Tour de France disqualification
Peter Sagan says he "can only accept" his expulsion over the crash that ended Mark Cavendish's Tour, but added: "I don't think I've done anything wrong".
Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan admitted defeat on Wednesday in his bid to have his Tour de France disqualification overturned.
Speaking to journalists, world champion Sagan said he didn't agree with the sanction but had accepted it.
The 27-year-old was kicked off the Tour on Tuesday for having elbowed Mark Cavendish into the metal barriers during the sprint finish to the fourth stage.
Cavendish crashed hard and was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken shoulder blade, ending his own Tour participation.
Sagan: "I don't think I've done anything wrong"
"I can only accept the decision of the jury, but I disagree. I don't think I've done anything wrong in the sprint," said Sagan, who was reading a statement.
The Tour's race commission did not take the same view, though, saying he had "endangered some of his colleagues seriously".
Cavendish had questioned not why Sagan swerved towards him during the sprint finish, but why he had jutted out an elbow, sending the Briton into the railings.
"I was a little bit confused with the elbow, that's something I'd like to speak to him about," said the 32-year-old winner of 30 Tour stages.
Wednesday's fifth stage starts in Vittel and runs for 160.5km to the first uphill mountain finish of this year's race at La Planche des Belles Filles.