HARROGATE, United Kingdom, July 05, 2014 (AFP) – British sprint king Mark
Cavendish dislocated his collarbone in a crash as German Marcel Kittel won the
opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday.
Cavendish, 29, had been aiming to win the 190.5km stage from Leeds to the
town where his mother was born but his hopes came crashing down as he hit the
deck in the sprint finish.
Cavendish and Australian champion Simon Gerrans collided as the Briton
leaned into his 34-year-old rival, and as they fell they took down several
That left Kittel, 26, to outsprint Slovak Peter Sagan, the winner of the
last three green jerseys at the Tour, and Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania
for the victory.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQS) leader Cavendish was taken to hospital for
X-rays and an ultrasound, which revealed that he had suffered no break but had
an “acromioclavicular separation”.
Cavendish later admitted the crash was entirely his doing.
“I’m gutted about the crash today. It was my fault. I’ll personally
apologise to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance,” said Cavendish, a
winner of 25 Tour stages since 2008.
“In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn’t really there. I wanted to
win today, I felt really strong and was in a great position to contest the
sprint thanks to the unbelievable efforts of my team. Sorry to all the fans
that came out to support — it was truly incredible.”
His team released a statement saying he had undergone tests on his right
shoulder but that a decision on his participation for the rest of the Tour
would be made on Sunday.
“The imaging underlined ligament ruptures with an AC-joint dislocation,
which causes him a lot of pain. A final decision on his participation in
tomorrow’s stage will be taken tomorrow morning,” said the statement.
Gerrans, whose jersey was ripped to shreds, seemed in good spirits despite
the crash and refused to point the finger.
“I’m not exactly sure what happened just yet, I’ll obviously be watching
the replay when I get back to the hotel. I think it will be replayed over a
few times,” said the 34-year-old Australian, who held the yellow jersey for
two stages last year.
The unfortunate incident deflected from Kittel’s fine victory, the second
year in a row he won the opening stage and rode himself into yellow.
“It was a great win and a very emotional victory,” said Kittel.
“It was so hard. The hill in the last kilometre made it very difficult to
win. There were so many people that we rode the finale like in a tunnel with a
terrible noise. It’s unbelievable that I win stage one again,” added the
26-year-old Giant-Shimano sprinter.
The race attracted huge crowds with some, including twice former Tour
winner Alberto Contador, claiming two million people lined the roads around
Contador wrote on twitter: “More than 2.000.000 people along the stage,
speechless with the welcome of the public. Thanks. #YorkshireGrandDepart
Kittel spoke of an amazing atmosphere but said fans needed to be more
safety conscious as they posed a threat to riders and themselves.
“There were some moments when I thought, now we will crash because the
spectators were taking pictures and didn’t see that they were in the centre of
the road,” he said.
“It’s very important to tell people we are of course happy to have them
there, they were an amazing crowd, it was really amazing to see them there,
but they really have to take care of themselves and stay off the road and look
after their children.”
The stage had been given a royal send off from Leeds.
Prince William’s wife Catherine cut the official start ribbon at the
opening ceremony at Harewood House, just outside Leeds.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry spoke to several
riders at the ceremony including British reigning champion Chris Froome,
Cavendish, former Tour winners Contador and Andy Schleck, world champion Rui
Costa, as well as the two other Brits in the peloton, Geraint Thomas and Simon
A band at the stately country home in Yorkshire played the national anthems
of France and Britain while the famous Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force
Aerobatic Team, flew overhead through blue and sunny skies.
Overall standings after the first
stage of the Tour de France, a 190.5km ride from Leeds to Harrogate, on
1. Marcel Kittel (GER/GIA) 4hr 44min 07sec, 2. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) same
time, 3. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM), s.t., 4. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC), 5.
Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN), 6. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY), 7. Alexander Kristoff
(NOR/KAT), 8. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/BKN), 9. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV), 10.
Michael Albasini (SWI/ORI), 11. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/TRE), 12. Paul Voss
(GER/APP), 13. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC), 14. Martin Elmiger (SWI/IAM), 15.
Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM), 16. Simon Clarke (AUS/ORI), 17. Geraint Thomas
(GBR/SKY), 18. Andre Greipel (GER/LTB), 19. Koen de Kort (NED/GIA), 20. Jurgen
Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) all same time
21. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) s.t., 22. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN), 23. Tiago
Machado (POR/APP), 24. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV, 25. Janier Acavedo
(COL/GRM), 26. Leopold König (CZE/APP), 27. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM), 28.
Richie Porte (AUS/SKY), 29. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST), 30. Anthony
Delaplace (FRA/BSE), 31. Rui Costa (POR/LAM), 32. Tejay Van Garderen
(USA/BMC), 33. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE), 34. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST), 35.
Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM), 36. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM), 37. Armindo
Fonseca (FRA/BSE), 38. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST), 39. Steven Kruijswijk
(NED/BKN), 40. Bram Tankink (NED/BKN) all same time
41. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) s.t., 42. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ), 43. Tom
Slagter (NED/GRM), 44. Andy Schleck (LUX/TRE), 45. Peter Velits (SVK/BMC), 46.
Nicolas Roche (IRL/TIN), 47. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY), 48. Jan Barta (CZE/APP),
49. Jon Izagirre (ESP/MOV), 50. Jerome Pineau (FRA/IAM), 51. Danny van Poppel
(NED/TRE), 52. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/APP), 53. Romain Feillu (FRA/BSE), 54.
Mathias Frank (SWI/IAM), 55. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE), 56. Jack Bauer (NZL/GRM),
57. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC), 58. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN), 59. Frank Schleck
(LUX/TRE), 60. Arnaud Demare (FRA/FDJ) all same time
61. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) s.t., 62. Lieuwe Westra (NED/AST), 63. Nelson
Oliveira (POR/LAM), 64. Chris Horner (USA/LAM), 65. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC),
66. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST), 67. Darwin Atapuma (COL/BMC), 68. Ben Gastauer
(LUX/ALM), 69. Peter Stetina (USA/BMC), 70. Gregory Rast (SWI/TRE), 71. Egor
Silin (RUS/KAT), 72. Jose Serpa Perez (COL/LAM), 73. Jose Herrada Lopez
(ESP/MOV), 74. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE), 75. Alexander Porsev (RUS/KAT), 76.
Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC), 77. Sebastien Reichenbach (SWI/IAM), 78. Yury
Trofimov (RUS/KAT), 79. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM), 80. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) all
81. Amaël Moinard (FRA/BMC) s.t., 82. David Lopez (ESP/SKY), 83. Matthew
Busche (USA/TRE), 84. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/CAN), 85. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA),
86. Rudy Molard (FRA/COF), 87. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF), 88. Tony Martin
(GER/OPQ), 89. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF), 90. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC), 91.
Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/LTB), 92. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA), 93. Maarten Wijnants
(BEL/BKN), 94. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA/FDJ), 95. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA), 96.
Benjamin King (USA/GRM), 97. Alexandre Pichot (FRA/EUC), 98. Jean-Marc Bideau
(FRA/BSE), 99. Luis Ángel Maté (ESP/COF), 100. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) all same
101. Egoitz García (ESP/COF) s.t., 102. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST), 103.
John Gadret (FRA/MOV), 104. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY), 105. Yohann Gene
(FRA/EUC), 106. Michael Schär (SWI/BMC), 107. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/SKY), 108.
Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST), 109. Bart De Clercq (BEL/LTB), 110. Florian Guillou
(FRA/BSE), 111. Jan Bakelants (BEL/OPQ), 112. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT), 113.
Tony Gallopin (FRA/LTB), 114. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB), 115. Maciej Bodnar
(POL/CAN), 116. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF), 117. Dries Devenyns (BEL/GIA), 118.
Reto Hollenstein (SWI/IAM), 119. Cedric Pineau (FRA/FDJ), 120. William Bonnet
(FRA/FDJ) all same time
121. Marco Marcato (ITA/CAN) s.t., 122. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA/AST), 123.
Matteo Montaguti (ITA/ALM), 124. Mark Renshaw (AUS/OPQ), 125. Rafael Valls
(ESP/LAM), 126. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV), 127. Ruben Plaza (ESP/MOV), 128. Jens
Voigt (GER/TRE), 129. Xavier Zandio (ESP/SKY), 130. Kristijan Durasek
(CRO/LAM), 131. Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT), 132. Alex Howes (USA/GRM), 133. Benat
Intxausti (ESP/MOV), 134. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV), 135. Kristjan Koren
(SLO/CAN), 136. Sergio Paulinho (POR/TIN), 137. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ),
138. Arnaud Gerard (FRA/BSE), 139. Jose Mendes (POR/APP), 140.Mickael Delage
(FRA/FDJ) all same time
141. Christian Meier (CAN/ORI) s.t., 142. Daniele Bennati (ITA/TIN), 143.
Florian Vachon (FRA/BSE), 144. Benoit Jarrier (FRA/BSE), 145. Stef Clement
(NED/BKN), 146. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC), 147. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/IAM), 148.
Andreas Schillinger (GER/APP), 149. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/EUC), 150. Marcel
Wyss (SWI/IAM), 151. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM), 152. Mickaël Cherel
(FRA/ALM), 153. Sebastien Minard (FRA/ALM), 154. Matthew Hayman (AUS/ORI),
155. Jesus Hernandez (ESP/TIN), 156. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN), 157. Tom Leezer
(NED/BKN), 158. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/COF), 159. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT),
160. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/CAN) all same time
161. Michal Golas (POL/OPQ) s.t., 162. Sebastian Langeveld (NED/GRM), 163.
Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI),164. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI), 165. Jens Keukeleire
(BEL/ORI), 166. Simon Gerrans (AUS/ORI), 167. Julien Simon (FRA/COF), 168.
Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ), 169. Kévin Reza (FRA/EUC), 170. Matteo Trentin
(ITA/OPQ), 171. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/GRM), 172. Mark Cavendish (GBR/OPQ)
all same time, 173. Lars Boom (NED/BKN) at 20 sec, 174. Lars Ytting Bak
(DEN/LTB) 1min 28sec, 175. Danny Pate (USA/SKY) 1:30, 176. Gatis Smukulis
(LAT/KAT) 1:30, 177. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1:30, 178. Zakkari Dempster
(AUS/APP) 1:30, 179. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA) 1:50, 180. Tom Veelers (NED/GIA)
181. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 1:54, 182. Elia Viviani (ITA/CAN) 2:05,
183. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CAN) 2:05, 184. Michael Morkov (DEN/TIN) 2:15,
185. Niki Terpstra (NED/OPQ) 2:22, 186. Adrien Petit (FRA/COF) 2:25, 187. Adam
Hansen (AUS/LTB) 2:29, 188. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 2:29, 189. Edward King
(USA/CAN) 2:29, 190. Roger Kluge (GER/IAM) 2:39, 191. David De la Cruz
(ESP/APP) 3:11, 192. Ji Cheng (CHN/GIA) 3:37, 193. Vladimir Isaichev (RUS/KAT)
3:47, 194. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) 4:15, 195. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 8:52,
196. Sacha Modolo (ITA/LAM) 8:52, 197. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/LAM) 14:09,
198. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA/OPQ) 14:09.
1. Marcel Kittel (GER/GIA) 45 pts
2. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 45
3. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 39
4. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM) 30
5. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) 22
King of the Mountains:
1. Jens Voigt (GER/TRE) 4 pts
2. Benoit Jarrier (FRA/BSE) 1
3. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 1
4. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 1
1. Sky 14h12:21.
2. NetApp s.t
3. Belkin s.t.
4. Garmin s.t.
5. Tinkoff s.t.
Best young rider
1. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 4hr 44min 0sec
2. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) s.t.
3. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/BSE) s.t.
4. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) s.t.
5. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/BSE) s.t.
Jens Voigt (GER/TRE)