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Downing: 'Gutted' Cav is out of Le Tour

Professional cyclist Dean Downing says he is "gutted" to hear that Mark Cavendish will not compete in the remaining stages of Le Tour de France.

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I felt sick in my stomach when @markcavendish crashed yesterday. Now I'm gutted he's not on stage 2 start line #getwellsooncav

Cavendish crashed in the last stretch into Harrogate, dislocating his shoulder.

Watch: Dean Downing put through his paces to show rigours of Tour

Mark Cavendish out of Tour de France following injury

Mark Cavendish is out of the Tour de France following the shoulder injury he suffered on the first stage in Harrogate on Saturday, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team have confirmed.

mega Pharma-Quick Step's Mark Cavendish rides over the finish line in Harrogate after crashing out of the final sprint. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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Cavendish praises UK's support for Le Tour team

Mark Cavendish says the support he's felt for his team not just from Yorkshire, but all over the UK, was "phenomenal".

The cyclist was speaking from Leeds ahead of today's opening ceremony for Le Tour de France, which starts with the Grand Depart on Saturday.

Cavendish told the media conference that those who cycled the 2007 Grand Depart from London still spoke of the atmosphere, but he said he was sure Yorkshire "would outdo that".

Read: Mark Cavendish trains in Harrogate ahead of Le Tour

Mark Cavendish speaks to media before Le Tour

Cyclist Mark Cavendish, whose mother was originally from Harrogate, Yorkshire, has been chatting to the media in Yorkshire during the build-up to the opening ceremony for the 101st Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish chats to reporters in the build-up to the Tour de France opening ceremony taking place in Yorkshire.
Mark Cavendish chats to reporters in the build-up to the Tour de France opening ceremony taking place in Yorkshire. Credit: ITV News

The race gets underway on Saturday with the Grand Depart in Leeds.

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