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Cav out of Tour de France

A clearly distressed and injured Mark Cavendish gets back on his bike to finish after his crash. 
Marcel Kittell won the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Harrogate from Peter Sagan after Mark Cavendish crashed at the bottom of Parliament Street. Picture Bruce Rollinson

A clearly distressed and injured Mark Cavendish gets back on his bike to finish after his crash. Marcel Kittell won the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Harrogate from Peter Sagan after Mark Cavendish crashed at the bottom of Parliament Street. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Mark Cavendish has been ruled out of the remainder of the Tour de France.

The Manx Missile this morning (Sunday) underwent tests on his right shoulder and ligaments after a dramatic crash in the opening stage of the Tour de France yesterday.

He came off near the end of the stage in Harrogate after colliding with Simon Gerrans during the sprint finish, which was won by Marcel Kittel.

His Omega Pharma - Quick-Step announced on Twitter today he wouldn’t be starting today’s second stage - meaning he’s out of cycling’s biggest race this year.

Cav’s hopes of a fairy tale start to the this year’s Tour de France opener were dashed as he crashed 250 metres from the finish line in Yorkshire, putting in doubt his participation in the rest of this year’s event. The Laxey man collided with Simon Gerrans in the last few hundred metres of the 190.5km opening stage from Leeds to Cav’s mum Adele’s home town of Harrogate, as he tried to keep touch with sprint rival and eventual stage winner Marcel Kittel.

The Manxman remounted and crossed the finish line, but looked in a lot of pain having landed heavily on his collarbone and shoulder

 

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