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Chris Boardman: Crashes are 'just part of cycling'

Former Olympic medalist and Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman says the crashes that led Chris Froome to withdraw from this year's tour are "just part of cycling".

Chris Froome has withdrawn from the Tour de France after three crashes. Credit: ERIC LALMAND/Belga/Press Association Images

Boardman told ITV News:

"To be honest it's just part of cycling. Crashes happen and when we get weather conditions like that it happens a lot and it's just part of the cyclists pushing themselves to the absolute limit.

"Fortunately in cycling injuries are few and far between. For poor Chris Froome, three crashes in a row and it's just too much."

Chris Froome 'devastated' over Tour de France exit

Defending champion Chris Froome said he is devastated he has had to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France.

He crashed out on stage five today and told his Twitter followers that his wrist injury and tough conditions "made controlling my bike near to impossible".


Palace send-off as Tour de France heads home

The Tour de France has bid au revoir to Britain with a grandstand finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

The last of the three English stages ended with the same winner as Saturday's opener in Yorkshire, with Giant-Shimano's German sprinter Marcel Kittel first to the line on the Mall.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

Tour de France director: 'UK Crowds are unbelievable'

The director of the Tour de France said that holding the race stages in Britain had been "beyond our wildest expectations."

Christian Prudhomme said: "It was perfect. It was unbelievable," adding that huge crowds had lined the streets on the 30 km (18 miles) of road that the race took through Greater London.

He added the Tour de France would definitely come back to Britain at some stage.

Thousands watch Tour de France come to London

Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the third stage of the Tour de France from Cambridge to London.

After snaking their way through the Essex countryside, less than a second separated the riders as they finished on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports:


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Cavendish to miss Commonwealth Games with injury

Mark Cavendish will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and faces around six weeks out following his Tour de France-ending crash on stage one in Harrogate last Saturday.

Cavendish crashes in Harrogate

The 29-year-old from the Isle of Man ruptured all ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint and a separated shoulder as he sought a first yellow jersey of his career, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team has confirmed.

"The surgery to stabilize the AC joint will take place on Wednesday, July 9," the Belgian squad said in a statement.

"The recovery time after the surgery will be around six weeks."

It means the Manxman will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Marcel Kittel celebrates Tour De France stage win

Marcel Kittel celebrates winning Stage 3 of the Tour De France in London. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Marcel Kittel celebrated outside Buckingham Palace after winning the final English stage of the 2014 Tour de France from Cambridge to London.

In a sprint to line the Giant Shimano rider just beat the Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan to win the stage.

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