Cavendish accepts apology from 'class' Sagan after Tour crash

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Mark Cavendish has labelled Peter Sagan as "class" after accepting an apology from his rival for the crash that ultimately ended both of their Tour de France races.

A dramatic end to Tuesday's stage four, which ended in Vittel, saw Cavendish career into a barrier as Sagan veered towards him and seemingly elbowed the Manxman.

Cavendish was taken to hospital after the crash and later withdrew with a shoulder injury, while Sagan - who was chasing a sixth consecutive green jersey for winning the points classification - was disqualified from the race.

In the immediate aftermath, Cavendish said of the incident: "I get on with Peter well but I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that. 

"A crash is a crash, I'd just like to know about the elbow."

However, there is seemingly no bad blood between the competitors, with Sagan taking to Twitter to apologise, along with photos of the duo celebrating victories.

Sagan posted: "Mark, get well soon! I prefer a finish like the one in the first photo but whatever the outcome, I look forward to racing against you!"

And Cavendish duly responded: "Class...Proud to know you, Peter. See you soon mate."

On Wednesday, Cavendish hit out at "vile and threatening" comments he has received online following the clash, while his wife, Peta, also highlighted examples of abuse on her Twitter page.