Mark Cavendish to start UAE stage despite heavy crash
British superstar gets green light from medical staff to continue the UAE Tour ahead of Thursday's sprint stage.
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Mark Cavendish will start Thursday’s fifth stage at the UAE Tour despite crashing heavily the previous day.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl officials confirmed Thursday morning the British superstar will take start the rolling stage that could end in a bunch sprint.
Officials said Cavendish was cleared to race after undergoing a series of health checks by team medical staffers.
Despite his heavy crash yesterday and after consultation with the medical team overnight and this morning, @MarkCavendish has decided to take to the start line on Stage 5 of the #UAETour. We wish Mark all well for the day. pic.twitter.com/9HvQK67XkC
— Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team (@qst_alphavinyl) February 24, 2022
Cavendish went down hard early in Wednesday’s decisive climbing stage, and was forced to change his helmet. He eventually finished the stage won by Tadej Pogačar, who overtook the lead.
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