Mark Cavendish asks for 'vile and threatening' abuse on social media to stop

British sprinter Mark Cavendsh posts video on Twitter asking social media users to respect his family after receiving abusive messages in wake of Peter Sagan disqualification

Mark Cavendish after stage four of the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Mark Cavendish has appealed for an end to the 'vile and threatening' messages that have been sent to him and his family on social media after an incident on stage four of the Tour de France on Wednesday that ultimately saw Peter Sagan disqualified.

Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) were involved in an incident at the end of fourth stage of the 2017 Tour into Vittel. Cavendish crashed heavily into a barrier on the right-hand side of the road during the final few hundred metres of the sprint.

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