Mark Cavendish escapes serious injury after Dubai crash
Mark Cavendish admits he had a lucky escape after avoiding injury in a collision with a bollard in the Tour of Dubai.
Last Updated: 11/02/14 9:58am
The British star missed out on challenging for victory in a sprint finish to the concluding stage, won by his great sprint rival Marcel Kittel.
But it could have been much worse for the Manxman, whose frustrating week - he failed to get close in any of the finishes - ended with a nasty collision with a plastic bollard.
He wrote on Twitter: "Little bit shaken up after the stage today. Hit a plastic road bollard with 1.5km to go. Ripped my chain out of the rear mech & gave me a swollen hand.
"Can just count myself lucky. If it had been a concrete or metal one that they have in Europe, then I'd be in no position to be tweeting right now. That's for sure.
"Congratulation AAAAGGAAIINN to @marcelkittel & of course to my bro @taylorphinney for the GC."
American Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) wrapped up overall victory, and Briton Steve Cummings was runner-up to his BMC team-mate.
Cavendish's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mate Mark Renshaw was second on the final stage.