Mark Cavendish saw his Round of Abu Dhabi Wednesday after five miles will come to an end. When the car of the race director delayed in the neutral zone, beat the Brit to the floor, along with three other riders. “This is a tough loss,” said team leader Roger Hammond of Dimension Data.
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“Mark has a concussion and whiplash suffered his crash,” says teamdokter Adrian Rotunno. We wanted to take the risk and decided to Mark out a course to achieve them.”
“I don’t know what exactly happened,” said teammate Mark Renshaw. “I saw the crash to not happen but after Mark back in the pack came, I spoke briefly with him. He had no pain in his shoulder (which he broke in the Tour, red) but complained about pain to his head. It was better that he had his match stopped, with such injury you can but better to not take risks, but it is annoying of course. He had three opportunities to sprint, who are now gone.”
“It is a stupid trap,” said directeur sportif Roger Hammond, “certainly in the neutralised zone, and that rarely happens, but it is now the case. Although they are very slow to reason, were a few riders riding wheel to wheel, and before he realized it, was Mark against the ground. Even a slow fall can have major consequences. The most important thing is that he is not severely injured, there is no heavy fractions, but we know not yet what consequences this has. Normal is his next race, Tirreno-Adriatico and then Milan-Sanremo and hopefully we can have that program continue.”
Cavendish is the ambassador of the Abu Dhabi Tour and one of the trendsetters in this race. The first three stages in this WorldTour race in the Middle East were tailored to the sprinters, but Cavendish will no longer be opportunity.
Cav won this year, a race, a ride in the Tour of Dubai, and last year, was for a long time with infectious mononucleosis. Furthermore, he also crashed in the fourth stage of the Tour de France and he ran a break at the shoulder, so that he is also a long time stood on the side.