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.
Mark Cavendish hopes to bounce back from his Harrogate horror to return to winning ways at the Tour de France.
Mark Cavendish believes his build-up to the Tour de France has been ideal.
The 30-year-old from the Isle of Man has won 25 Tour stages in his previous eight appearances at the race, but finished the 2014 edition on the Tarmac on the opening stage in Yorkshire.
Mark Cavendish won a second straight stage of the Tour of Turkey on Monday while nursing a slow puncture to hold on to the overall race lead.
Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the 146-kilometre opening stage of the Tour of Turkey in Alanya on Sunday.
Cavendish burst from the pack to clinch the leader's jersey ahead of Australian Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni of Italy.
The Manxman, riding for the Etixx-QuickStep team, will hope to extend his lead in the second stage from Alanya to Antalya on Monday.
Mark Cavendish has hit back on Twitter at Cycling Weekly journalist Gregor Brown over a story the magazine ran which quoted Cav as telling Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad newspaper that he "made a mistake" in joining Team Sky.
Cavendish, who now rides for Belgian team Etixx-QuickStep, denied having "a dig" at Sky.