Mark Cavendish: Please don't send threats to me and my family
Jul 05 2017 09:24 pm CET

Mark Cavendish: Please don't send threats to me and my family

British rider Mark Cavendish has asked cycling fans to stop sending him and his family threats and abusive messages after the tumultuous sprint crash that led to the expulsion of Peter Sagan.

The UCI jury ruled that Cavendish had been pushed into the fences by Sagan, who initially received a mild punishment but was later expelled form the race. Cavendish himself fractured his shoulder and was forced to abandon the race.

The incident led to a passionate debate on social media, with some fans going as far as to actually threaten Cavendish.

"Everybody's gonna be entitled to their opinions. I know full well that I am paying now as a 32-year-old for the petulant attitude I had as a kid. Unfortunately this will never leave me, and I will always deal with the brunt of people's opinions on these things," Cavendish said in a video he posted on Twitter.

"Please know this is sport. I now have a family, I am 32 years old. Violent threatening, comments on social media to myself and my family isn't deserve. I ask you all to respect that and please not send threats or abusive language to myself or my family," he added.

The Dimension Data sprinter had nothing but mild words for Sagan. "There are no hard feelings between Peter and I. We're friends. He came to apologize after and he called me in the evening as well. That's a measure of the man he is. He's a great world champion and great for the sport. I think we will both be missed on the Tour de France in the finals, and by our teams.

You can watch the video below.



Photo of Mark Cavendish by Jens Herrndorff for Team Dimension Data.





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