Mark Cavendish writes off bike in training crash - but world champ escapes with only bruises

News comes as he prepares to make Team Sky debut on Sunday in Qatar

by Simon_MacMichael   February 3, 2012  

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World champion Mark Cavendish, who makes his Team Sky debut on Sunday in the Tour of Qatar, has revealed that he has written off his  bike in a crash near his Essex home. The rider himself suffered nothing worse than bruises.

The 26-year-old tweeted news of the incident on Wednesday, saying: "So with less than 20km to go of my nice little ride today, I had my 1st crash of 2012. Bike & shoes written off. Not a scratch on me".

"Front wheel went from under me, but kept my body upright, trying to sort of run off of my bike. Obviously, can't run that speed, so went over with a bang, ripping my buckle clean out of my shoe. I say I'm not scratched, but a little bruised. Thanks for concern"

Last year, the start to the Manxman’s season was overshadowed by crashes, with Cavendish suffering cuts and bruises after a heavy fall in Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under in January followed less than a month later by another hard tumble in the Tour of Qatar Prologue.

Meanwhile Cavendish, who will seek to defend his Tour de France green jersey in July, reiterated his ambitions to win the first gold medal on offer at London 2012 in the men’s road race on Saturday 28 July.

"I've won National, European, World and Commonwealth Championships medals — but this is the one thing that's missing,” he told The Sun.

"But I'm not focusing on the Olympics purely because of that. I'm going because it's in London, my own country, and we're one of the favourites to win it.

"I still get a lot of national pride whenever I pull on my GB jersey.

"To do the nation proud, especially with it being the Games' first gold on offer, is a big motivator for me," he added.

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Better to get the crashes out of the way now!
I bet Cav's idea of a written off bike differs somewhat to that of most of us though! I mean it'd literally have to have the frame snapped in half for me to write it off, and even then groupset and wheels would most likely be salvaged! For Cav, a scratched logo would probably mean a new bike!
I dont suppose they are worried about 9 grand bikes when you compare that the value of Cavs legs tho!

posted by pmr [193 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 14:55


Mmmmm. Bet he's had a full scan at hospital as well as denotes his worth. We drag ourselves in with cuts and bruises at get told to pull ourselves together as we're looking after the kids this evening. "Well if you will go out on that stupid bike..." Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1194 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 16:41

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Apparently he's out of Qatar now Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 18:22


Just checked my fantasy team and he is still there and can be picked.

Also checked the Sky website and no mention there either.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

posted by stumps [3198 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 18:35

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you *mustn't* listen to gkam. ever.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7830 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 18:40

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I noticed someone else tried it on the forum, so thought i might give it a go here Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 18:45


Luckily he landed on his head, so no damage done there!

posted by Karbon Kev [683 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 19:07


Not bothering with fantasy cycling yet this year. I mean, Qatar, seriously? Is it even on satellite TV?

posted by a.jumper [828 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 19:23


Yeah, covered by Eurosport Nerd

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
3rd February 2012 - 19:28

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It seems to only be on the pay-to-view Eurosport2 and not on the free-to-air Eurosport... or any other free-to-air channels.

posted by a.jumper [828 posts]
5th February 2012 - 14:19


45 minutes of TdQ on Eurosport International here in Singapore, and boy is it boring!

posted by CarbonBreaker [90 posts]
6th February 2012 - 3:48