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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 July 2007, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Cavendish pulls out of debut Tour
Mark Cavendish
Cavendish was unlucky with crashes in the Tour
Britain's Mark Cavendish pulled out of his debut Tour de France during Sunday's second day in the Alps.

The Manxman, 22, had planned to quit after two mountain stages but got off his bike after being dropped by the peloton 35km after stage eight began.

The T-Mobile rider had been selected to contest the sprint finishes but bad luck limited him to two top-10 places.

He told BBC Sport on Thursday: "There's no point in coming here for experience and not doing some Alpine stages."

Cavendish was unlucky to be involved in two crashes in the first week and his best finish was ninth place in Compiegne on Tuesday.

"It's the greatest sporting event on the planet. It's gruelling; everything's faster - the flat, the climbs, the descents, the sprints," he added.

T-Mobile secured their first individual victory on Saturday, with Linus Gerdemann of Germany winning the seventh stage to take the yellow jersey.



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