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Tour de France – Mark Cavendish retires after falling on stage 8: Stars in the plutoomes react anxiously

Tour de France – Mark Cavendish retires after falling on stage 8: Stars in the plutoomes react anxiously

Mark Cavendish (Astana – Kazakhstan) was the tragic figure in the eighth stage of the Tour de France in 2023.

60 kilometers before the finish in Limoges, the Briton in a seemingly harmless racing condition crashed and had to be taken to hospital.

There the suspicion of a broken collarbone was confirmed in the 38-year-old, who was chasing a record-tying only 35 stage wins in the final stage of the Tour de France and narrowly missed out on stage seven against Jasper Philipsen (Alpsen-Decauninck). He has to bury this dream now.

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At the end in Limoges, Belgium’s Philipsen was one of several drivers who reacted to the news with great regret.

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Mads Pedersen (Trek – Segafredo) exclusively at Eurosport: “For me, it’s always been a pleasure to ride with Mark. I had such a good relationship with him. It’s such a shame that a legend left the Tour this way. He still owes me a change of jersey, by the way. I hope he’s the best. I hope I can drive his absolute last race.” with him to give him my honor.”

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Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin – Deceuninck) on “”: “I was surprised to hear that Mark Cavendish crashed. He was on his way to winning a stage and breaking Merckx’s record and it’s very unfortunate that his Tour de France history ended in this way. It did. I feel sorry for him and wish him all the best. He inspired me.” Really because he is the best sprinter of all time. He is a legend and a great role model for me.”

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Peter Sagan at “We have some memories together. If we ran against each other 100 times, he beat me 100 times. I only beat him once (2016 Road World Championships in Doha – and that was a very important race for me!”

Mark Renshaw (Former Fellow and Consultant, Astana Sprint): “He hurts more today than yesterday. I didn’t think it was possible anymore. We knew his form was good enough to win. He – like the whole team – is very frustrated because we came here with such a clear objective. I’m not going to lie, I cried.”

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) at “”: “It’s a shame Mark broke his collarbone and had to go home, especially after coming so close to winning the stage yesterday. Everyone wanted to see him fight for the win again, as he said it would be his last year.”

Mark Cavendish crashed on stage eight of the Tour de France

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Marcel Kittel (ex-competitor) on “ZDF”: “It’s very exciting to have to end the Tour due to a supposedly slight fall, it hurt me. The disappointment is ingrained with him, but also with his fans. Everyone hoped he could still break Merckx’s record. What remains is a great athlete who has achieved a lot. It’s a good memory for me of when I was able to compete with him.”

Gianni Moscone (his teammate in Astana, Kazakhstan): “We were at the end of the field after the first climb of the day. Then there was a crash or something up front. We had to brake really hard and then someone in front of him changed lines. He touched his back wheel and he fell softly. Bad. I stayed with him to see how he was. But soon It became clear he wouldn’t be able to continue racing. He was struggling a lot. There wasn’t much to say. I was just checking to see if I could do it for him before I got on the field.”

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Fred Wright (Victorious Bahrain): “I didn’t get a lot of touring radio. (After confirming Cavendish’s departure): ‘Really, is that so?'” Today he told me how the chain went yesterday and was hoping for better luck. I wish him the best.”

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