Stage 2

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.