Mark Cavendish takes blame for Tour de France crash

Mark Cavendish says he will apologise in person to Simon Gerrans after Harrogate crash incident

Mark Cavendish after a crash on stage one of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish took the blame for the crash at the end of Tour de France stage one today in Harrogate, England. He bumped against Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) and they both tumbled in the final 250 metres with a Cofidis rider.

"I'm gutted about the crash today. It was my fault. I'll personally apologise to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance," Cavendish said in a press release from his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.