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by Neal Rogers
July 5, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare wins hectic Stage 4 sprint at Tour de France; Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash; Cavendish not to start Stage 5, injury confirmed as fractured shoulder blade; Van Vleuten takes Giro Rosa TT stage win as riders are surprised by steep climbs; Cannondale-Drapac in control at Tour of Austria as Slagter wins stage, Vanmarcke leads GC; Tony Martin continues racing at Tour de France with concussion; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 4 highlights.
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), victim of a tussle with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the conclusion of today’s Stage 4, will not start tomorrow’s Stage 5 from Vittel to La planche des belles filles.
Cavendish’s injury has been confirmed as a fractured shoulder blade by team officials. The Manx sprinter collided with world champion Peter Sagan with 200 meters remaining in today’s stage, knocking him into the barriers on his right and then onto the tarmac. Cavendish fell hard on his right shoulder and remained prone on the ground for multiple minutes after the incident as he was tended to by the race physicians. Ultimately, he was able to rise and walk across the finish line. Cavendish also sustained lacerations on his right hand deep enough for stitches and extensive road rash.