Cav: Martin crash and Stybar win shows what a rollercoaster the Tour is

Ned Boutling caught up with Mark Cavendish before Stage 7 and after a bittersweet day for Etixx as Zdenek Stybar won the stage but their man in yellow Tony Martin suffered a broken collarbone and had to withdraw from the race.

The Manxman says his team will go all out for the win today and hope to 'do it for Tony' but wonder's if the Tour organisers have decided to take the 'speed' out of the sprints this year with slight uphill finishes.

Watch the full interview below.

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Mark Cavendish slams 'imbeciles' over Stage 2 sprint criticism

Etixx-Quick-Step sprinter Mark Cavendish took to Twitter after the frantic finish to Stage 2 to defend himself in the face of accusations that he cost his team-mate Tony Martin the yellow jersey.

After finishing fourth (Fabian Cancellara's third place was enough to earn four bonus points and so move ahead of Martin in GC), Cav tweeted that he was 'gutted' that Martin wasn't in yellow. The Manx rider, who has 25 Tour stage wins to his name, called his critics 'imbeciles' who view cycling as a computer game.