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Tour de France: Cavendish crashes as Kittel wins opener


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry (right) watch as Mark Cavendish falls from his bike nearby a finish line.

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(CNN) — He was anticipating to delight in front of his home fans, though it all went horribly wrong for cycling star Mark Cavendish — with members of a Royal family watching.

With a 101st Tour de France starting in Britain this year, all eyes were on Cavendish in Saturday’s opening theatre in Yorkshire.

But a 29-year-old, one of a many successful sprinters in a race’s history, dislocated his right shoulder and suffered vinculum repairs after colliding with opposition Simon Gerrans during a finish.

Germany’s Marcel Kittel won a 190.5-kilometer (118-mile) theatre to take an early advantage in a month-long race, that is commencing in a UK for a initial time given 2007.


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Cavendish, from a Isle of Man, certified his scheme was brazen and took full shortcoming for a clash.

“It was my fault, I’ll apologize to Simon. we attempted to find a opening that was not there, we wanted to win,” Cavendish was quoted as observant by a UK’s Press Association.

“I felt unequivocally clever and was in a good position to competition a scurry interjection to a unimaginable efforts of my team. Sorry to all a fans that came out to support — it was truly incredible.”

An MRI indicate after is approaching to exhibit a full border of Cavendish’s injuries and endorse either he is fit adequate to continue.

“Mark had lived this scurry in his mind during slightest 100 times before,” his Omega Pharma-Quick Step group trainer Patrick Lefevere said.

“He was so focused, he wanted to win so badly. It was so critical for him.”

Yorkshire military estimated that as many as one million people lined a streets along a route, a immeasurable infancy no doubt anticipating to declare a Cavendish victory, while a competition was seen off by a Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

William and Kate, along with Prince Harry, after had a transparent perspective of Cavendish’s crash.

His brief in a final 200 meters enabled Giant-Shimano supplement Kittel to competition transparent and take a yellow jersey brazen of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan and Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas.

“I wish he gets good soon,” Kittel pronounced of Cavendish, who has won 25 Tour stages in his career and claimed a immature jersey for tip competitor in 2011.


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“I don’t know how badly he is injured. we wish he is all right. I’m looking brazen to hopefully saying him tomorrow in a competition again. we wish him all a best.”

The 26-year old, who also won final year’s opening stage, paid reverence to a eager Yorkshire throng as good as his teammates who set him adult for a win.

“It was so unbelievably loud. The fans were cheering,” he said.

“My boys did an extraordinary job, they rode so strong. we felt so encouraged and we had good legs today. I’m so, so happy that this worked.”

Defending champion Chris Froome, who leads Cavendish’s former outfit Team Sky, finished sixth after avoiding a fallout of a crash.

“It’s unreal, positively unreal,” Froome said. “The crowds out there were only incredible.

“Just a contrition for Cav in a final there. It would’ve been good to have a British feat today, though that’s racing.

“Today was some-more about staying out of trouble, removing to a finish but any large issues.”

Sunday’s theatre dual will take a riders 201 kilometers (124 miles) from York to Sheffield, featuring roughly 3,000 meters of climbing.

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Article source: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/05/sport/tour-de-france-cavendish-kitell/

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