Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel eliminated from 2018 Tour de France after failing to make time cut on stage 11

Sprinters fall by the wayside on short mountain stage

Mark Cavendish finishes outside the time limit on stage 11 of the 2018 Tour de France

(Image credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel have been eliminated from the 2018 Tour de France after failing to make the time cut on Wednesday's tough mountain stage between Albertville and La Rosière.

Cavendish was dropped on the very first climb of the day, the Montée de Bisanne, and was forced to climb the Col du Pré alone nearly half an hour behind the front of the race after team-mates Mark Renshaw and Jay Robert Thomson left him in order to try and make the time cut themselves.

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