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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.