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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Mark Cavendish out of 14 Tour – tough Stage 2

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The Tour de France almost invariably provides drama and already 2014 is no exception with Mark Cavendish crashing yesterday and being unable to start today. Although French sprinter Bryan Coquard told Eurosport that the cause of the crash was his handbars getting entangled with those of Simon Gerrans, Mark said that the crash was his fault. Great shame that Cav's participation in the 2014 Tour was so shortlived. 

Given the tough stage that lies ahead of the riders today it is not a surprise that Mark has been unable to continue. This stage from York to Sheffield has been likened to an Ardennes classic with nine categorized climbs. The crowds were amazing – estimated at two million. It had been thought that there would be four million spectators over the three stages in the UK. This may prove to be an under-estimate! Hopefully the riders will be given enough space on the climbs so that the back of peloton doesn't come to a complete halt on the climb as they did on some of yesterday's hills.

Will Marcel Kittel manage to hold onto Yellow – seems unlikely. Could today's stage suit Peter Sagan?  

Incidentally this is the fourth time that the Tour has been to the UK – 1974, 1994 (the Chris Boardman era), 2007 (Mark Cavendish's first appearance in the Tour) and now 2014.      

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