Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 7, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Kittel takes second sprint victory of Tour de France, again ahead of Démare; Sheyla Gutierrez fastest of the break after an action-packed Stage 7 at Giro Rosa; Astana’s Lopez wins summit finish at Tour of Austria as Denifl moves into GC lead; Ruth Winder in yellow after solo victory on opening stage of Tour de Feminin; Valcar PBM rider Claudia Cretti involved in serious incident at Giro Rosa Stage 7; Cavendish receiving online abuse after Sagan’s expulsion from Tour de France; CAS rejects Bora-Hansgrohe’s appeal against Sagan’s Tour de France disqualification; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 6 highlights; Video: Taylor Phinney, on Alberto Contador’s pink whistle at the Tour de France; Video: In a first, bomb-sniffing dogs are deployed at the Tour de France; Video: Tour de France organizers implement system to empty septic tanks from team buses at every start and finish; Video: British cyclist David Smith faced a third life-threatening surgery in six years; Video: Raccoon pedals a tricycle.

Cavendish receiving online abuse after Sagan’s expulsion from Tour de France

by Neal Rogers

As if being forced to leave the Tour de France after four stages with a broken shoulder weren’t bad enough, British sprinter Mark Cavendish is facing abuse online from those angry that Peter Sagan was expelled from the race for his role in Cavendish’s crash.

Cavendish’s wife, Peta, posted to Twitter Wednesday that among the comments were one that read, “I hope all your children get cancer.”

“Mark posted a video of our son yesterday…in the wake of the crash here is an example of the comments we are receiving,” she wrote.

During his flight home from the Tour, Cavendish shot and posted a pair of videos to his Instagram page. In the first, he said, “With regards to the sprint yesterday, unfortunately these things happen in cycling, especially in the chaotic finale of the sprint. But just know there are no hard feelings between Peter and I, we are friends and he came to apologise after and he called me in the evening as well. So that’s the measure of the man he is, and I know he is a great world champion, he is great for the sport and I think we will both be missed on the Tour de France in the final and by our teams.”

In the second video, Cavendish, a husband and father of two, addressed those who had sent violent or threatening messages to him and his family. “Everybody’s entitled to their opinions, I know full well I’m paying now as a 32-year-old for the petulant attitude I had as a kid, unfortunately this will never leave me and I’ll maybe always deal with the brunt of people’s personal opinions,” he said. “Please know this is sport and I know I have a family, I’m 32-years-old and violent and threatening comments on social media to myself and to my family isn’t deserved. I ask you all to respect that and please not send threatening or abusive language to myself and my family. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes and hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the Tour de France.”