Sprinter star an early casualty in a huge blow for the event.
British rider Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour de France after dislocating his shoulder in Saturday’s opening stage, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQS)team announced on Sunday.
The 29-year-old sprinter suffered the injury when he fell heavily in a high-speed crash after colliding with Australian Simon Gerrans close to the finishing line of the 190.5km stage from Leeds to Harrogate.
He underwent X-rays in hospital on Saturday night, which revealed the shoulder was not broken but dislocated, and the team decided to wait overnight to see if he was fit to continue the race before ruling him out on Sunday morning.
The Tour continues on Sunday with a a punishing 200km run from York to Sheffield.