Cavendish crashes out of Abu Dhabi Tour on opening stage

British cyclist Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish collided with world champion Peter Sagan before hitting the barriers during last year’s Tour de France

Britain’s Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Tour after a fall before the official start of the first stage.

It is not yet clear how serious the 32-year-old’s Manxman’s injury is.

Team Dimension Data initially tweeted that he had fallen on the same shoulder he broke during last summer’s Tour de France.

That post has since been deleted and replaced with confirmation he abandoned the tour after completing five kilometres in Madinat Zayed.

He was forced to withdraw from the 2017 Tour de France when he fell and fractured his right shoulder.

The Team Dimension Data rider collided with world champion Peter Sagan before hitting the barriers in a sprint finish on stage four of July’s race.

He dislocated the same shoulder when he crashed out of the Tour on the opening stage in 2014.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/43140818

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