Mark Cavendish ruled out of Tour de France - misses Stage Two in Harrogate

Mark Cavendish comes into the 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.  5 July 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Mark Cavendish comes into the 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. 5 July 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Mark Cavendish has been ruled out of the Tour de France with the injury sustained on the Harrogate finish line on Saturday.

Cavendish plummeted to the floor after tangling with Simon Gerrans in a bunch sprint on the Parliament Street finish straight.

The 29-year-old was taken to hospital and scans showed he had a dislocation of his shoulder joint and ligament damage.

His Omega-Pharma Quick-Step team waited until Sunday morning to assess whether he could continue in the Tour.

However, he was pulled out of the race shortly before the start of Stage Two in York.

The OPQS Cycling Team#s twitter account said earlier: “#OPQS #TDF update: @MarkCavendish will not start Stage 2 today. More information will be provided later.”

The team also confirmed Cavendish will speak to the media ahead of the start of the second stage.

Last night, Cavendish said: “I’m gutted about the crash today. It was my fault.

“I will personally apologise to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance.

“In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn’t really there. I wanted to win today, I felt really strong and was in a great position to contest the sprint thanks to the unbelievable efforts of my team. Sorry to all the fans that came out to support. It was truly incredible.”

Patrick Lefevre, Cavendish’s team boss at Omega Pharma - QuickStep, said: “He was very impatient. He wanted to win. He has already done this sprint 100 times in his head before.

“It’s his home tour. He was very focused, maybe too much. He was so sure to win that he probably made a mistake. Gerrans came next to him, slowed down, he wanted to get out, and [Mark] pushed him with his shoulder. Gerrans pushed back and boom, they crashed.”

For more updates, follow our live blog of Stage Two at the following link: Tour de France: Live

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