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Mark Cavendish over time limit in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT after heavy fall

Joe Robinson
7 Mar 2018

Manxman left bloodied after heavy fall yet finishes stage

Mark Cavendish's (Dimension Data) bout of bad luck continues following a nasty crash in the Stage 1 team time trial at Tirreno-Adriactico that saw him finish over the time limit in his first race back from sustaining a concussion.

The Manxman was pictured crossing the line a while after his Dimension Data team with a series of abrasions to his left arm and right leg and with multiple rips to his skinsuit. However, the worst cuts appeared to be under his right eye.

By the time Cavendish had remounted his bike and reached the finish line, he had finished over the time limit for the day's tage, therefore being ejected from the race.

Cavendish finished the time trial on his road bike and was almost caught by the next team on the road, Bahrain-Merida.

This will be a major cause for concern for the sprinter who has recently returned to racing after suffering concussion in a crash on Stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi tour last month.

If this crash saw Cavendish take another blow to the head, it is likely that he will be sidelined for quite some time following two head injuries in such quick succession.

However, unlike other sports such as Rugby Union, cycling does not have a clearly defined head injury protocol despite calls for one to be implemented.

Cavendish crashed at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race that starts today in Lido di Camaiore, Italy. The seven stage race has a stellar startlist including Chris Froome (Team Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).