Tour de France: Mark Cavendish is “not very optimistic” after his Violent Fall in Vittel

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Mark Cavendish is not optimistic of continuing in the Tour de France

CYCLING: The English rider is not sure if he will be able to contine in the Tour de France …

Briton Mark Cavendish, pushed on Tuesday into the barriers by Peter Sagan, who was excluded for this gesture, is not super confident about its ability to continue the Tour de France beyond the fourth stage to Vittel .

“In terms of pain, I already have twice wounded the shoulder and before it is more painful now than it had been. This does not make me very optimistic but I’m not a doctor,” said “Cav”, the rider whose sprinting abilities have won him thirty stage victories in the Tour de France.

The doctor of his team, Dimension Data, Adrian Rotunno, assured for his part that the first x-rays “revealed no dislocation or fracture.” “Apart from a few scratches, it is fine but we need to make other images to exclude other less visible injuries” and to be able to know “if he can continue” with the Tour, he added before going to the hospital with the rider.

Asked about the gesture of Sagan and his disqualification, Cavendish said he was “a little embarrassed by the (shot) elbow” of Slovak who “immediately came to see me after the finish of the race.”  “I have a good relationship with Peter, I want to talk about it with him,” he concluded.


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