Mark Cavendish's Tirreno-Adriatico crash puts him outside time limit in 'frustrating' season

In his first race back after crashing out of the Abu Dhabi Tour, Mark Cavendish is out of Tirreno-Adriatico after crashing heavily during the team time trial and finishing outside the time cut

Mark Cavendish after crashing on the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Team Dimension Data admits "it's frustrating" that Mark Cavendish has had to deal with two early season crashes so far in 2018, including one that forced him out of Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday in Lido di Camaiore, Italy.

Cavendish fell in the 21.5-kilometre team time trial and rolled across the finish line on his own with blood on his face and scrapes down his right side.

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