Cav injured on opening Abu Dhabi Tour stage

Cav injured on opening Abu Dhabi Tour stage

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has abandoned the Abu Dhabi Tour after crashing in the neutralised zone of Stage 1 today.

And Cavendish has suffered a concussion, according to his Dimension Data team.

A later medical update from the team doctor Adrian Rotunno did not mention the shoulder and said there were no signs of... "A serious neck injury has been excluded in the hospital". He now has some concussive symptoms and neck pain but is otherwise stable. VeloNews confirmed with the race organization that the race director's vehicle braked and caused the crash, in which four riders went down.

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The team weren't willing to allow Cavendish to continue due to the concussion, and will continue to monitor his condition.

Alexander Kristoff (UAE - Team Emirates) won the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, sprinting to the stage win ahead of Andrea Gaurdini (Bardiani -CSF) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott). The stage 4 time trial and stage 5 summit finish being the key stages for the overall contenders this week.

The Abu Dhabi Tour was to be Cavendish's third race of the 2018 season after he kicked off his campaign with a stage win at the Dubai Tour and then raced the Tour of Oman last week.

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