World champion Peter Sagan was kicked out of the Tour de France on Tuesday after sending Mark Cavendish crashing out of the race with a fractured shoulder blade in a hectic finale to the fourth stage.
French champion Arnaud Demare won the stage, a 207.5-km ride from Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg, but all the drama was just behind him.
Slovakian Sagan elbowed Cavendish off balance as the Briton was trying to force his way between him and the safety barrier, and Cavendish was sent crashing heavily.
His Dimension Data team said the Briton was going to the hospital to have checks on his wrist and collarbone, but later confirmed the crash had ended the Manx Missile’s Tour.
“Mark suffered a fracture to the right scapula. Fortunately, no surgery is required at this stage, and most importantly there is no nerve damage,” team doctor Adrian Rotunno was quoted on the team website.
Cavendish described himself as “massively disappointed” at the confirmation of the fracture.