Mark Cavendish injured in ugly crash with at the Tour de France

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"We will apply article 12.104 of the rules of the UCI.in which case commissaires (the race jury) can decide to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider".

He was trying to follow the wheel of the eventual stage victor, France's Arnaud Démare, by squeezing between Peter Sagan and the barrier, and as Cavendish tried to make space, Sagan bumped into him, sending the Manxman into the barrier.

Cavendish was taken to hospital with hand and shoulder injuries.

'I get on with Peter well, but I don't get. if he came across is one thing, but the elbow.

What likely prompted the race organisers decision was they way in which Sagan apparently pushed with his elbow upon contacting Cavendish. The Slovak did not allow him to pass and appeared to use his elbow to force Cavendish wide, with the latter refusing to let up and eventually crashing. Marcel Kittel, Arnaud Démare, André Greipel, Peter Sagan - obviously, Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff and Dylan Groenewegen will all be hoping to get involved on the slightly uphill, but not too steep, finish. "I will definitely need stitches in this finger, it's bleeding a lot", he said.

Demare, the 2016 Milan-Sanremo victor, took over the lead of the green jersey points classification after Marcel Kittel was caught up in the first crash that split the peloton before the final kilometre. "Mark was coming pretty fast from the back and after I just didn't have time to react, to go left, and he just came (into) me and after into the fence".

Dimension Data's Cavendish fell heavily after taking a nudge from world champion Sagan in the final 100 metres in Vittel, and indicated his Tour may be finished. "I'm not a doctor, but from the feelings I'm not optimistic".

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"The guy on the right side, I don't know who it was, I wanted to go on his wheel, and Mark was coming from the back but I didn't already know he was behind me", Sagan said. The first left dozens of riders on the ground, including current race leader Geraint Thomas of Team Sky.

"I'm used to crashing, so it's fine, I'm all ok".

"After Richie Porte attacked I made a decision to go and I said to myself I was going too early", said Sagan.

American Nathan Brown, who was part of the day's breakaway, took enough points over the five climbs on the day to snatch the polkadot jersey for the king of the mountains from his teammate and compatriot Taylor Phinney.

Nonetheless, Sagan was disqualified from the Tour de France for the incident.

Tomorrow's fifth stage takes the Tour another 160.5 kilometers from Vittel to La planche des belles filles.

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