Cavendish apologises for mechanic outburst

Mark Cavendish has addressed his outburst at a mechanic ahead of Stage 19 of the Tour de France on Friday night (AEST).

The 36-year-old argued with a Deceuninck-QuickStep mechanic prior the stage, which later saw Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) claim victory.



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Footage shows Cavendish slamming his bike on the ground and storming off to the team bus.

The veteran sprinter has since apologised for his actions, insisting there are no issues between him and anyone from the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team.

"Many of you will have seen the video from the start of today’s stage," Cavendish wrote, via Instagram.

"During a day of the Tour de France, as riders we are put in a perilous situation and I wanted my bike to be perfect, in order to help me stay safe.

"My bike had some problems when I got on it this morning. Despite this, I should not have reacted in the way that I did and not so publicly.

"I've been extremely close friends with my mechanics for over a decade and they’ve worked tirelessly to ensure I’ve always been safe and successful.



"Although they know how short I can be when I'm stressed, no one - especially those you care about - deserve to have a voice raised to them." 

"Truly, one of the biggest factors of the success Deceuninck-Quick-Step team is that we are a family, and we love and care for each other, and conversations should be kept within that family.

"We have now spoken about what happened and as a group the Wolfpack will do our best to have a successful finish to Tour de France 2021."



The Brit started the day embracing Eddy Merckx, with the two cycling greats past and present remaining level on 34 Tour stage wins each.

A record which could be broken on Sunday night (AEST) when the 2021 edition of the Tour de France winds up in Paris.

The Tour de France continues with tomorrow's Stage 20, an individual time trial over 30.8 kilometres from Libourne to Saint-Emilion which will see GC riders attempt to battle for second and third on the podium. Watch the action from 8:30pm (AEST) on SBS and SBS On Demand with coverage starting on the SKODA Tour Tracker from 8:55pm (AEST).  




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Published 17 July 2021 at 11:09am
By SBS Cycling Central
Source: SBS