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Tour de France Sees Row From Cavendish

July 10, 2013

Mark Cavendish was at the centre of controversy at the Tour de France as he was accused of causing a crash 100 metres from the finish line of stage 10 in Saint-Malo before clashing with reporters.

Cavendish collided with stage winner Marcel Kittel's lead-out man Tom Veelers, appearing to give him a nudge to send him tumbling to the ground.

Although organisers took no action, verifying his third place behind Kittel and Andre Greipel, the debate raged after the race and a ruffled Cavendish walked off with a reporter's tape recorder as he was questioned about the incident.

"The road was bearing left," Cavendish said.

"I know you're trying to get all the 'Mark Cavendish is a really bad sprinter' stuff again, but with 150 metres to go the road goes left.

"All I do is follow the road."

Cavendish's mood soured as the questions continued.

"We came up, we lost our guys early," Cavendish said "I tried to follow (team-mate) Gert Steegmans, I followed his lead and launched from there. It was too early in the sprint so I settled back on to Tom's wheel and when Greipel kicked I went then.

"We as a team could have done something different. We will talk about that later."

Asked if the crash was his fault, Cavendish snapped, saying: "Was what my fault?" before snatching a tape recorder from a reporter.

Fellow Brit Chris Froome was able to get past in the race leader's jersey.

"It was a bit tricky towards the end, but I always had a team- mate with me and I kept out of trouble," Froome said.

"It was a bit bumpy out there."

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Source: Copyright Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)

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