Sagan kicked out of Tour de France

"We will apply article 12.104 of the rules of the which case commissaires (the race jury) can decide to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider".

VITTEL, France French champion Arnaud Demare claimed his maiden Tour de France stage win when he powered to victory in a crash-marred finale on the fourth day on Tuesday after a 207.5-km ride from Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg.

Cavendish, wearing a sling, said: "I get on with Peter well. if he came across it's one thing, but the elbow".

Sagan's foot came unclipped from his pedal as he started to accelerate at the finish, but he kept his cool and still proved too strong for the competition at the end of the 212.5km run from Verviers in Belgium.

Sagan visited the Dimension Data bus after the race to apologize to Cavendish, who is going to the hospital and is unsure whether he can continue racing. "But I was a little bit confused with the elbow, that's something I'd like to speak to him about". I'd just like to know about the elbow, really.

Sagan managed to stay upright and sprinted to second place, but the result was scratched soon after the stage.

Overhead video appeared to show world champion Peter Sagan bumping into Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right.

Cavendish made contact with Sagan in the final sprint, being forced into barriers, crashing to the ground and suffering a to-be-diagnosed shoulder injury.

Martin's general classification bid is perhaps secondary, but he insists he would rather be on a team celebrating regular stage wins than one built entirely around an assault on the yellow jersey. Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind Sagan, with Chris Froome ninth.

"It's awesome, beating all the best sprinters like that at the Tour de France is something I'd hoped for, for a long time", said Demare.

In all the furore of another bunch pile-up, French champion Demare's achievement of becoming the first Frenchman to win a Tour stage in a sprint finish since 2006 was nearly lost.

Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas crashed earlier in the finale but since the incident occurred within the final three kilometres, he will be credited with the same time as the victor.

"The guys look after me incredibly well, it's not like I'm on my own all the time", he said.

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

Tomorrow's fifth stage takes the Tour another 160.5 kilometers from Vittel to La planche des belles filles.