Peter Sagan apologized after elbowing Mark Cavendish, which induced a crash and fractured Cavendish’s shoulder blade.
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VITTEL, France (AP) — Mark Cavendish has been compelled out of the Tour de France after struggling a fractured shoulder blade in a critical crash attributable to world champion Peter Sagan, who was disqualified from biking’s showcase occasion.

Hours after Tuesday’s crash in a chaotic dash end to Stage four, Cavendish’s Workforce Dimension Knowledge stated on its Twitter feed that “Sadly, @MarkCavendish has been compelled to withdraw from #TDF2017.”

The British rider sustained hand and shoulder accidents within the crash, and was taken to a hospital for checks.

“I am clearly massively disenchanted to get this information in regards to the fracture,” Cavendish stated. “The group was unbelievable immediately.

“They executed to perfection what we wished to do that morning. I really feel I used to be in an excellent place to win and to lose that and even having to depart the Tour, a race I’ve constructed my complete profession round, is actually unhappy.”

The crash occurred about 50 meters (yards) from the tip of the stage, when Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was squeezed towards the boundaries to his proper, out of the best way.

Cavendish slammed into the boundaries and two different riders plowed over the British dash specialist, a winner of 30 Tour phases.

“Mark suffered a fracture to the appropriate scapula,” Workforce Dimension Knowledge physician Adrian Rotunno stated. “Happily no surgical procedure is required at this stage, and most significantly there isn’t any nerve injury.

“He is been withdrawn from the race for apparent medical causes, and we’ll proceed monitoring him over the approaching days.”

Race jury president Philippe Marien of the UCI stated race guidelines allowed organizers to disqualify riders in “critical instances”.

“We have now determined to disqualify Peter Sagan from the 2017 Tour de France after the tumultuous dash right here in Vittel, the place he endangered a number of riders, together with Mark Cavendish and others who have been concerned within the crash,” Marien stated.

Aside from doping offenses, disqualifications are uncommon within the Tour. In 2010, Australian Mark Renshaw was thrown out for a head-butt that cleared a path in a dash for his teammate Cavendish to win the stage in Bourg-Les-Valence.

“I get on with Peter properly, however I do not get … if he got here throughout is one factor, however the elbow. I am not a fan of him placing his elbow in me like that,” Cavendish stated.

“A crash is a crash, I might identical to to know in regards to the elbow, actually,” Cavendish added. “I might identical to to talk to him about it.”

After the crash, Sagan went over to see how Cavendish was and patted him on the again, whereas the British rider confirmed him his wounds.

The Slovak stated later he had apologized to Cavendish.

“It is not good to crash like that,” stated Sagan, who had completed the stage in second place behind Demare.

“It is the dash. I simply did not know that Mark is behind me, he is coming from the appropriate aspect,” Sagan added. “Mark was coming fairly quick from the again and after I simply did not have time to react, to go left, and he simply got here (into) me and after into the fence.”

A medical group rapidly ran out to deal with Cavendish, jogging into the oncoming stream of riders to achieve him.

When Cavendish was lastly helped to his toes, his jersey was badly torn and blood was streaking down his aspect. Cavendish rode in with a teammate after therapy, gingerly holding his proper arm near his physique, together with his proper hand in a bandage.

It is already been a troublesome 12 months for Cavendish, who got here down with mononucleosis attributable to the Epstein-Barr virus in April.

“If there was a mistake, then it’s a must to congratulate the jury for having the braveness to punish the world champion, the massive star of biking immediately,” stated France’s Arnaud Demare, who gained Tuesday’s stage.

There was one other crash earlier that delayed Tour chief Geraint Thomas, however the Welshman retained the yellow jersey because it occurred within the impartial zone close to the stage end.

Thomas leads Sky teammate and three-time champion Chris Froome by 12 seconds, with third-place Michael Matthews of Australia additionally 12 seconds again.

Thomas scraped his knee however stated it was OK.

“I hit the deck however I am superb,” Thomas stated.

Demare clocked almost 5 hours over the largely flat 207.5-kilometer (129-mile) route, which began and completed in two spa cities, Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg and Vittel in France.

Demare’s win ended an extended look forward to the house followers, with the earlier French victory in a bunch dash on the Tour being gained by Jimmy Casper in Stage 1 in Strasbourg in 2006.

“We have been working with Arnaud for a very long time on sprints,” stated Marc Madiot, supervisor of Demare’s FDJ group. “Profitable within the Tour is the perfect.”

After Sagan’s disqualification, Alexander Kristoff moved as much as second place within the stage, with Andre Greipel in third.

Stage 5 on Wednesday concludes with the primary critical climb of the Tour. The 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) leg begins in Vittel and winds its approach to La Planche Des Belles Filles with a brief however steep ending ascent that incorporates a leg-breaking 20-percent gradient within the closing meters. The entire general favorites ought to swing into motion.

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