Tour de France: Mark Cavendish out after crash

6 July 2014, 11:00

Briton Mark Cavendish will miss the rest of the Tour de France with the shoulder injury he suffered in a crash during Saturday's opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate.

The 29-year-old did not start Sunday's second stage from York to Sheffield, meaning this year he cannot add to his list of 25 stage wins.

He dislocated his shoulder and sustained ligament damage after crashing into Australian Simon Gerrans while the two sprinted for the line in Harrogate on Tuesday - a stage won by Germany's Marcel Kittel.

"I'm absolutely devastated to miss the next two days racing in the UK," said Cavendish. "I knew straight away that it was bad, and it was even worse this morning."

Cavendish's withdrawal leaves only three Britons in the race, with defending champion Chris Froome, Welshman Geraint and England's Simon Yates.

But the crowds across Yorkshire have not let the news get them down.

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