Injured Cavendish withdraws from Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the Tour de France due to injuries sustained in a crash which resulted in Peter Sagan being disqualified.

Cavendish was taken to hospital after Sagan's elbow sent the Manxman hurtling into a barrier during a dramatic sprint finish to stage four in Vittel on Tuesday.

The Team Dimension Data rider said he was not optimistic that he would be able to continue in the famous Grand Tour race after being left with a badly cut finger and damaged shoulder.

And Cavendish's team confirmed late on Tuesday evening that his participation in the Tour is over.