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Cavendish salutes young sprinter ace

Mark Cavendish signalled his admiration of young rival Fernando Gaviria after the Colombian outpaced him again to win stage three of the Tour de San Luis.

For the second time this week in Argentina, 20-year-old Gaviria had Cavendish in his slipstream as he crossed the line first, this time at the end of the 176.3 kilometres the riders raced from Concaran to Juana Koslay.

Gaviria, riding for his national team, burst clear inside the final quarter of a mile and held off second-placed Cavendish, a serial winner of sprints at the highest level in world cycling.

The beaten Briton, from the Etixx-Quick Step team, wrote on Twitter: "Well, 2nd again in @TourSanLuis to @77Gaviria. He has this phenomenal acceleration that's hard to close a gap to.. Impressive. Congrats!"

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Joanna Rowsell: Wishing Cavendish a speedy recovery

Olympic champion cyclist, Joanna Rowsell wishes Mark Cavendish a speedy recovery following news he is out of the Tour de France:

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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.

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

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

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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

Excitement builds in Yorkshire for Le Tour de France

Final preparations are under way for this weekend's Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports from Leeds, as thousands of people gather to see the stars of cycling at tonight's opening ceremony:

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".

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. Credit: ITV News

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

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