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HTC-Columbia star reacts after sprint disappointment

Mark Cavendish yesterday showed his frustration with what is turning out to be a nightmare season by throwing his bike to the ground and his helmet out of the HTC-Columbia team coach at the end of Stage 4 of the Tour de France in Reims.

Moments before, the Manxman had been well beaten in the sprint by Lampre-Farnese Vini’s Alessandro Petacchi, with Cavendish crossing the line in 12th position after seeming to ease of once the Italian had passed him.

Unfortunately for Cavendish, whose more vocal critics seem to fail to acknowledge not only the catalogue of problems he has faced in the past year but also the fact that he is riding the Tour de France despite receiving some serious road rash wounds in the Tour of Switzerland last month, the episode was caught on camera by several film crews – here’s Norwegian broadcaster 2 Sporten’s take on it on it.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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djcritchley [181 posts] 6 years ago
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Poor baby  22

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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pathetic. If he is having a bad season then work hard and get back on form...throwing your toys out of the pram (or helmet out of the bus) isnt going to solve anything

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step-hent [723 posts] 6 years ago
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The main reason the press (and everyone else) gives him stick is because he talks himself up - "I'll just go at 85% instead of 80%". If he came in saying "It's been a difficult run-up to the Tour, but I'll be giving it everything for the green jersey and we'll see how it goes" then people might lay off him. As it is, he doesn't seem to be giving it everything for green (as he claimed he would) - he cruised to the line on Tuesday missing out on valuable points, and then sat up yesterday, again missing out on points. It's a disappointing attitude - he claimed he was going all out for green but appears to have given up as soon as it looked like there was a battle for it.

I really enjoyed Cav's drama over the last few years (including his cock-ups - shows he is human), but I'm finding it hard to like his attitude this year. Hushovd is looking more and more like the class act, and Petacchi is looking like the fastest bunch sprinter.

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simonmb [353 posts] 6 years ago
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The next couple of the weeks will be critical for Cav. If he continues his petulance he'll be of the right frame of mind to quit this Tour. However, if he buckles down and finishes, accepts that this year he's not going to win the Green Jersey nor possibly more than a single sprint it'll be much to his credit and the making of him. He started this Tour as the 'Boy-Racer', he could finish it as a man.

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John_the_Monkey [437 posts] 6 years ago
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He's gone from winning at will, seemingly, to a nightmare of a year both personally and professionally, and when it comes to it, he's still pretty young.

I hope the team are helping him through it, and he's getting his head straight, regardless of how the racing pans out for him.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 6 years ago
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Pram > rattle.

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 6 years ago
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I think he should practice throwing.

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gandberg [175 posts] 6 years ago
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Has anyone not considered that he might have been desperate for a shit, hence the dropping of the bike, and that his helmet got dislodged and fell out of the bus as he ploughed his way down the aisle fighting off his lycra whilst trying not to spill any steaming hot gravy?

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The Good Shepherd [47 posts] 6 years ago
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What a load of crap.

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therevokid [953 posts] 6 years ago
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didums .....