Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cavendish Crashes as Bottle Is Thrown; CYCLING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cavendish Crashes as Bottle Is Thrown; CYCLING

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WORLD champion Mark Cavendish crashed at a one-day race in Belgium yesterday as a result of a bottle thrown by another rider.

The Team Sky cyclist reiterated his belief riders should be licenced to compete after the incident at the Dwars door Vlaanderen race, which was won by Holland's Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Cavendish (pictured below) said on his Twitter account: "200km on Belgium's worst roads. All ok. 15km from finish, peloton's riding easy & a ******** throws a bottle in my front wheel. Crashed hard.

"Said it before: Everyone involved in a bike race should take a written and practical test to get (a) licence. Bottle that crashed me was (from Russian team) Katusha."

Cavendish was racing for the first time since not finishing the Milan-San Remo Classic last weekend and will bid for glory in the Gent-Wevelgem one-day race in Belgium on Sunday.

Team Sky sports director Steven de Jongh added: "Unfortunately Cav had a crash but that can happen in any race. …

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