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Cavendish hits out after crash
AFP
Ajaccio, France, July 01, 2013
First Published: 00:37 IST(1/7/2013)
Last Updated: 00:39 IST(1/7/2013)

Mark Cavendish was among the most outspoken in his criticism as members of the Tour de France peloton turned their anger towards race organisers after Saturday's opening stage was marred by a series of crashes.

The 213-kilometre ride from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, the first stage ever to be held on the island of Corsica, was won in a sprint finish by Germany's Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano team.

But his victory became something of a footnote at the end of a chaotic final 20 kilometres as the peloton flew along the narrow roads leading in to Bastia.

"What caused the problems was changing the finish," Cavendish said. "We heard on the radio with literally five kilometres to go that the sprint was in two kilometres, and then one kilometre later they were like 'No, it's at the original finish'. It's just carnage."

Cavendish had good reason to be unhappy, with the confusion putting paid to his chances of winning the stage.


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