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

05 July, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Douglas Reid
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"Peter Sagan is disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after today's tumultuous sprint in Vittel", race jury president Philippe Marien told reporters. He was trying to follow the wheel of the eventual stage victor, France's Arnaud Démare, by squeezing between Peter Sagan and the barrier, and as Cavendish tried to make space, Sagan bumped into him, sending the Manxman into the barrier.

"I get on with Peter well, but I don't get. if he came across is one thing, but the elbow".

French champion Arnaud Demare won the stage, a 207.5-km ride from Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg, but all the drama was just behind him.

A medical team quickly ran out to treat the Dimension Data team rider, jogging into the oncoming stream of riders to reach him. I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that. "I don't know if I snapped it".

By that point, Julien Vermote was at the front of the bunch, setting the pace behind the day's six escapees and permanently controlling the gap, which didn't go beyond three minutes: Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Nathan Brown (Cannondale-Drapac), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal), Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Romain Sicard (Direct Energie). It was not relaxing, so I am happy to get through it with Froomey.

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

However, if you watch the whole sprint, it becomes clear that Sagan flicked his elbow out to balance himself after Cavendish made contact with him from behind.

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Race leader Geraint Thomas was taken down in the first crash, along with around a dozen riders, but he emerged unhurt. Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind Sagan, with Chris Froome ninth.

"I hit the deck but I'm fine", Thomas said.

German Tony Martin is racing the Tour de France covered in bandages and coping with what he's described as a "small concussion" after a crash on Stage 2, Radsport-News.com reported.

"If I was Sagan, I'd apologize for that", said Roger Hammond, Cavendish's sports director at Dimension Data.

For his part, Sagan - who won Stage 3 at Longwy on Monday - had apologised for his actions but claimed he was not at fault.

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

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.

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