Cavendish ends down field in Oman

Mark Cavendish finished well down the standings in the Tour of Oman after the sixth and final stage on Sunday.

The world road race champion, who

crashed in the Tour of Qatar earlier this month

, was defending his title from last year but could only end 96th.

Team Sky team-mate Ian Stannard was the highest-placed Briton at 26th, with David Millar of Garmin coming 37th.

Cavendish finished 14th in the final sprint on Sunday as Slovakia’s Peter Velits won the overall title.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was second, with France’s Tony Gallopin third.

Cavendish, 26, won two stages of the Tour of Qatar before suffering cuts and bruises in a fall on the final day in Doha.

He completed the stage without his helmet to finish sixth overall.

The 2010 Tour of Oman was the scene of Cavendish’s first win of the season before he clinched the Tour de France green jersey and World Championship road race title.

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