YORK, England (AP) — British sprinter Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour de France ahead of the second stage with a shoulder injury.
His team said Sunday that the pain was too much for the rider to continue.
Çavendish saw his hopes of winning his first yellow jersey disappear on Saturday when he hit the ground near the finish of the first stage in his mother's hometown of Harrogate.
He was able to cross the finish line then underwent medical exams that revealed a separated shoulder.
Cavendish, one of the most successful sprinters in the history of the race, has won 25 Tour stages.