Twitter reacted in an outpouring of sympathy for Mark Cavendish after he dislocated his right shoulder in a crash during the Tour de France on Harrogate’s finishing straight
The 29-year-old Manxman looked to be in a strong position approaching the finish until he collided with Simon Gerrans.
Cavendish was rushed to hospital where tests revealed the extent of the damage and his Tour de France future hangs in the balance.
Following the accident, “Gutted for Cav” began trending in the United Kingdom with thousands of Twitter users expressing their grief.
Daniel Johnston, from Leeds, said on Twitter: “Gutted for Cav. Couldn’t have gone any worse for him, poor bloke.”
Cycling enthusiast, Mark Faulkner, said: “Looks very sore. I imagine the pain of not winning the stage might be worse than what he’s done to his collar bone.”
York resident, Gavin H Thompson, said: “An unforgettable day at #letouryorkshire ended with 500 fans cheering for @MarkCavendish at Leyburn #guttedforCav”
Sympathy was also expressed to Cavendish through Facebook as Craig Hurle Quite said: “A heavy, hard fall by Cavendish. Felt really sorry for him, you can see in his eyes what the victory meant to him, he wanted it so badly. “Sadly though he made such a dangerous shove shoulder move on another rider, there was nowhere to go but down from that moment, a tragic moment of crazy during the last seconds of the race.”
Despite the sadness expressed by Twitter users over Cavendish’s injury, many remained positive about the day overall and praising the atmosphere of the Tour.
Gemma Alderley said on Twitter: “#Yorkshire looked amazing, so proud to call this my home however gutted for Cav #TDF2014 can’t wait for stage 2!!”
Dan Rawlinson said: “Gutted for Cav. Huge effort from @marcelkittel and @GiantShimano there. Magnificent first stage of @letour Credit to Yorkshire.”
Caz Graham said: “Truly Gutted for Cav, thanks to @letouryorkshire for a fantastic day. Buttertubs was buzzing. Yorkshire done grand!”
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