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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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.