London - Mark Cavendish was forced to quit the Tour of Britain after a crash,
while Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Matteo Trentin won the sixth stage on
Cavendish, who had just been named in the Great Britain
team for the Road Cycling World Championships later this month, is
believed to have hit a parked car around 20km into the stage.
full extent of any injuries was still to be revealed by his team, but
reports claimed he needed hospital treatment for a suspected shoulder
The Road World Championships start in eight days, leaving
Cavendish facing a race to be fit in time for the event in the United
Meanwhile, Trentin fought off a strong challenge from
MTN-Qhubeka's Edvald Boasson Hagen as the duo battled for the stage win
throughout the 192.7km route from Stoke to Nottingham.
Boasson Hagen, the 2009 Tour of Britain winner, earned enough bonus
seconds to enhance his overall lead to 13 seconds ahead of the
concluding weekend of racing.
Saturday's 227.1km seventh stage
from Fakenham to Ipswich likely is the final opportunity for Boasson
Hagen's rivals, Team Sky's Wout Poels chief among them, to dethrone him
as Sunday's central London finale is expected to end in a sprint.