The 2014 Tour de France will be without one of its top sprinters for the rest of the race as Mark Cavendish has been ruled out following a dislocated collarbone during the end of Stage 1. As the riders entered the final 200 meters, Cavendish attempted to sprint his way through a narrow opening but wound up causing a crash and his injury.
After the collision, however, Cavendish did finish the race, which ended in his mother's hometown of Harrogate. At first it seemed he would be all right, but as he told reporters on Sunday, the injury only got worse. He expects to be out several weeks:
I've got to go and get an MRI to see if it needs surgery, chances are it probably does. Unfortunately I'm likely to be out for a few weeks. I'm devastated to be fair. I'm in pain as well. I think anyone who crashes on the first day of the Tour de France is going to be disappointed.
Cavendish also admitted that he caused the crash when trying to escape the opening he saw and apologized to Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEdge, who was involved in the incident.
Cavendish won the points classification at the 2011 Tour de France and has 25 stage wins on the Tour.