Mark Cavendish has hit out at the vile and threatening abuse he has received on social media in the wake of the collision with Peter Sagan that ended both cyclists participation in the Tour de France
Mark Cavendish has hit out at the vile and threatening abuse he has received on social media in the wake of the collision with Peter Sagan that ended both riders Tour de France.
Cavendish was forced to abandon the Tour with a broken shoulder suffered in the incident that resulted in Sagans disqualification, and tells the hurtful messages he and his family have received since must stop.
Everybody is entitled to their sentiments, Cavendish said in a video message posted on Twitter. But please note it is a sport. Vile and threatening commentaries on social media to myself and my family isnt deserved. Id ask you all to respect that and please not send threatening or abusive language to myself and my family.
Cavendish sad he has sorted things out with Sagan, the reigning world champion, and the Briton believes he is being targeted partly due to his behaviour during his younger years.
Im paying now as a 32 -year-old for the attitude I had as a kid, he said. Unfortunately, this will never leave me and Ill always deal with the brunt of peoples personal opinions.
Ive missed the race that Ive constructed my career around. Regrettably these things happen in cycling, especially in the chaotic finale of the sprint, but theres no hard feelings between Peter and I. We are friends, he apologised after and called me in the evening as well. Thats a measure of the man he is.