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Mark Cavendish was involved in a high-speed crash at the Tour de France after the British sprinter appeared to be elbowed into the crash barriers at the business end of the fourth stage into Vittel on Tuesday.
After going up the inside of Peter Sagan, the two-time world road race champion, Cavendish hit the roadside barriers at around 60km/h sustaining numerous injuries that may end his race.
Speaking outside his team bus, Cavendish admitted he was “not optimistic” about making the starting line on Wednesday.
Cavendish, who arrived at the Tour out of sorts having suffered with glandular fever, had started to rediscover the form that led to him winning 30 stages at the race, just four short of the great Eddy Merckx. However, Tuesday’s crash could see the Dimension Data rider withdraw.