Mark Cavendish: Tour de France in Doubt after Crash on Stage One

by Editor | July 6, 2014 3:00 am

THE GUARDIAN – After Andy Murray’s exit at Wimbledon and England’s premature departure from the World Cup Britain’s unhappy summer of sport continued as Mark Cavendish’s dream of winning stage one of the Tour de France and wearing the yellow jersey ended with a crash that may put him out of the race due to injuries to his right shoulder.

The Manx sprinter lost control of his front wheel as he attempted to emerge from the pack by shoving the Australian Simon Gerrans with his head and shoulders; he hit the deck heavily 250 metres from the finish line while the German Marcel Kittel sped to victory in a repeat of his win in last year’s opener in Corsica.

A statement from Cavendish’s Omega-Pharma-Quickstep team said x-rays had shown “ligament ruptures with an AC-joint dislocation”, which was causing Cavendish “a lot of pain”. The team added: “A final decision on his participation in [Sunday’s] stage will be taken tomorrow morning.”

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