It was the pinch heard (seen? felt?) around the world. Shortly after Cannondale racer Peter Sagan pinched podium girl Maja Leye's bottom at the Tour of Flanders, the photo—surely you've seen it, if not, it's included in Michael Hutchinson's tweet below—circulated the web and stirred up some controversy, even creating a healthy discussion on our own Facebook page.
Shame that Peter Sagan has so much class on a bike and so very little off it. twitter.com/vincentrenault…
— Michael Hutchinson (@Doctor_Hutch) March 31, 2013
Sagan's first apology came via Twitter later that day:
Was not my intention todisrespect women today on the podium. Just a joke, sorry if someone was disturbed about it.The next day he uploaded this video to his Facebook page, offering up a more sincere apology:
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) March 31, 2013
And Wednesday at the Brabantse Pijl, Sagan met with Leye before the race to apologize in person and give her a bouquet of flowers. It's probably a good thing he did it before the race, too, since he ended up winning—and this time, you'll notice, the 23-year-old kept his hands to himself.
Photo via uk.eurosport.yahoo.com