Mark Cavendish in hospital after horror Tour de France crash

“Peter Sagan is disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after today’s tumultuous sprint in Vittel”, race jury president Philippe Marien told reporters.Cavendish finished the stage after receiving medical attention but injured a finger and his shoulder and was later taken to hospital by ambulance. “Happy to get through unscathed”, Thomas said.Sagan visited the Dimension Data bus after the race to apologize to Cavendish, who is going to the hospital and is unsure whether he can continue racing. “A crash is a crash but I’d just like to know about that elbow really”. As Cavendish tried to squeeze through a tight opening against the barrier, Sagan appeared to throw an elbow into him. “But I sprinted and my foot came out, another mistake, but I got my foot back in and I won”.Sagan, arguably the best all-around cyclist in the world, was vying to win a sixth straight green jersey as the points leader of the Tour.It came on a day when fellow British rider, yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas, was involved in another crash at the end of what had otherwise been a fairly uneventful ride through the flatlands of the Lorraine region, from the Belgian border.In 2010, Cavendish’s then lead-out man Mark Renshaw of Australia was kicked out of the race for headbutting New Zealand’s Julian Dean in a sprint.He went down in a heap with two further riders riding over the top of him.He also insinuated that he did not put out his elbow on goal, noting, “I didn’t have time to react and go left”.Cavendish, a 30-time Tour stage victor, had recovered from a long bout of illness to make it to the Tour this year as he sought to close in on Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 Tour stage wins.A bloodied Cavendish eventually crossed the line with a bandaged hand and his arm held in tight to his chest, Dimension Data sporting director Roger Hammond saying initially that it was too early to say whether he had broken anything.”I’m used to crashing, so it’s fine, I’m all ok”.With time bonuses Sagan’s second place is enough to push him up to second in the general classification ahead of Chris Froome, although there was speculation that he could face punishment for his role in the crash. “When I caught him, I looked where we were and sat up as I wanted to wait a little”, he said.Tomorrow’s fifth stage takes the Tour another 160.5 kilometers from Vittel to La planche des belles filles.