Cavendish was involved in an incident shortly after the stage start in Stoke-on-Trent. Although he got back on his bike and continued with the stage, he later withdrew.
No detail of any injury has been released by either the race's organiser or his Etixx-QuickStep team, although both confirmed his withdrawal.
Cavendish's wife, Peta, later tweeted that she had spoken to the Manx rider and that his injuries "could have been a lot worse".
Cavendish was also involved in a crash with Spanish rider Gorka Izagirre during the previous day's stage.
Cavendish had been one of the leading favourites to win the final two stages in Ipswich and London.
The news of Cavendish's withdrawal from the race coincided with the announcement from British Cycling that Cavendish had been selected to ride for Great Britain in the 2015 World Championships road race on September 27.
The course in Richmond, USA, seems to suit Cavendish, and it is thought he is one of the nominated leaders of the GB team. It is unclear whether Cavendish's injuries will have any bearing on his Worlds appearance.
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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