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Mark Cavendish hurts shoulder in tangle with too-close fan

Cav & Peter Kennaugh praise fans' support but concerned about spectators spilling off pavements...

Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh have expressed gratitude to the thousands of fans who turned out to cheer them on in the national championships in Lincoln yesterday, but have said some were perhaps a bit too enthusiastic.

The Lincolnshire Echo's John Pakey reports that Cavendish hurt his shoulder when he hit a spectator's camera on Michaelgate, the climb that was to be his nemesis in his bid to win the British champion's jersey.

Fans packed the pavements as riders battled for a spot on the smoother paving slabs in the gutter of the cobbled climb.

That put riders and supporters unusually close.

"I cracked on Michaelgate, it is super hard climb," said Cavendish. "It was great, there were loads of fans, maybe too many.

"I hit my shoulder on someone's camera before the end and I might have to get that checked out before the Tour next week."

Kennaugh, who took the title with help from his Sky team-mates against the unsupported Cavendish, said the crowds had been "incredible" and the Michaelgate climb "intense".

"It is good racing in Lincoln. I remember it well from when I won the Grand Prix previously. The crowds have been incredible," said Kennaugh.

"It can be a bit intense on the climb when they get a bit too over excited and stand in the gutter – that's the one place you are trying to ride because of the cobbles.

"I cannot complain, it has been a great day out. It is a beautiful climb up to the cathedral and the roars from the crowd up there on the last lap were something else."

Cavendish wasn't the only one to have trouble with the close proximity of the fans.

Kristian House tangled with a photographer who stepped into the gutter in front of him, and almost got a closer view of the cobbles than any rider wants.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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