Mark Cavendish injured in ugly crash with at the Tour de France

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas of Britain wears the yellow jersey on the podium. REUTERS  Christian Hartmann- RTS19M38

Popular cyclist Peter Sagan's Tour de France came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when he was disqualified after appearing to cause competitor to crash into the barrier when he threw out an elbow to prevent Mark Cavendish from passing him.

The 30-time Tour stage victor was treated by medical staff before crossing the finish line with a bloodied and bandaged hand.

It had been a clean race until riders passed under the 1-kilometer-to-go banner.

Race leader Geraint Thomas was taken down in the first crash, along with around a dozen riders, but he emerged unhurt.

In 2010, Cavendish's then lead-out man Mark Renshaw of Australia was kicked out of the race for headbutting New Zealand's Julian Dean in a sprint.

In the sprint finish, Sagan veered right towards and his elbow sent Cavendish slamming into the barrier. But even with sunny skies and light winds, just getting there will be taxing: it's a lumpy stage on small roads and the last 60km include a short, sharp climb (the Cote d'Esmouliers at 55km to go) and several uncategorized ascents that will be hard nonetheless.

There will be some debate after this stage about who is at fault.

Although Sagan had come to speak to him at his bus after the stage, Cavendish said he still wanted an explanation about the elbow. The British rider also suffered a badly cut finger, other scrapes and a possible head injury after the wheels of another rider's bicycle rolled over his face while he was down.

The pack with team Sky and Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey rides during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 212.5 kilometers with start in Verviers Belgium and finish in Longwy France
VIDEO - Tour de France 2017: Mark Cavendish: I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow into me like that

He landed heavily on the right shoulder he injured when crashing out of the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France in English town Harrogate.

Sagan was initially relegated to 115th place, and docked 30 seconds and 80 points in the green jersey competition that he has won for the past five years.

Defending champion Chris Froome moved up to second overall, 12 seconds behind his teammate a day after both crashed on a slippery corner.

Though it is hard to judge a rider's intent, many camera angles did not show Sagan in a good light during the incident.

"It is a sprint", Sagan told reporters afterwards. Cavendish, however, was clearly unhappy about the proceedings.

"I get on well with Peter and a crash is a crash but I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow in", the 32-year-old was reported as saying by BBC Sport after the race, with his right arm in a sling.

Arnaud Demare became the first French stage victor of this year's Tour, crossing the line first in Vittel ahead of Sagan and Norway's Alexander Kristoff, but his achievement was overshadowed by the two serious crashes on the final sprint. Here's hoping Cav is OK to continue his ride.

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