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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

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.

Mark Cavendish jokes over urine incident

British cyclist Mark Cavendish, who had urine thrown over him today, has tweeted:

'No further action' to be taken over urine incident

Mark Cavendish's team Omega-Pharma-Quick Step said they would not be taking any further action after urine was thrown over the British cyclist.

File picture of Mark Cavendish. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Cavendish was jeered by sections of the Tour de France crowd today after last night's controversy where a crash ended his chances of a stage win and knocked fellow competitor Tom Veelers of his bike.

Veelers called for Cavendish to be disqualified after the crash, but the British cyclist was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Omega-Pharma-Quick Step's sporting director Brian Holm told Cycling Weekly's website: "I couldn't see it was urine but I thought people were quite negative. So congrats to the media for yesterday making him look like he caused the crash".

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