Battered however decided to dash on within the Giro d’Italia after a dramatic late crash despatched him spinning throughout the stage 5 end line, Mark Cavendish has stated he’ll battle for extra success within the Italian Grand Tour.
Effectively-positioned to dash for victory at Salerno, the veteran British fastman first had the dangerous luck of his again wheel spinning on a white line close by of the end, then went careering into the limitations when an ill-judged manoeuvre by Alberto Dainese (DSM) noticed their wheels conflict.
Dainese was subsequently relegated for his transfer, whereas Cavendish battled arduous to maintain management of his bike however finally fell closely, together with a number of different riders.
Regardless of his dramatic somersault and spin throughout the road, the Briton stated in a video issued later by his Astana Qazaqstan squad that, topic to ultimate affirmation, he doesn’t seem to have damaged any bones and that he’ll battle on.
Cavendish additionally stated he hoped different riders concerned within the crash had been OK and handed on his congratulations to stage winner Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck). He additionally didn’t make any criticism of Dainese, saying the Italian had known as him and that “it’s a part of sprinting.”
“I’m again on the lodge now, I’ve had my wounds cleaned up, and my knee’s slightly bit sore, however I don’t suppose there’s something damaged. We haven’t checked that out but, however I don’t have the ache of something damaged,” Cavendish stated.
“Solely morale is slightly bit… I used to be in excellent place, I kicked for the dash, my again wheel was on the white line, and after I kicked it slides the wheel,” he defined.
As for the crash that adopted instantly afterwards, Cavendish stated.
“The circumstances after that…it’s sprinting. Alberto has known as me. You understand, it’s a part of sprinting, I simply hope all people else who crashed is OK, I noticed some stretchers and that.”
“[So] we attempt once more, and congratulations to Kaden Groves, too.”
Thursday will see the Giro d’Italia stage end in Naples, the place Cavendish took a memorable dash win again in 2013 on the opening day of the race.
🇮🇹 VIDEO: @giroditalia @MarkCavendish talks on this loopy Stage 5 ⬇️#Giro #GirodItalia #AstanaQazaqstanTeam pic.twitter.com/7PpgLnp7orMight 10, 2023