Cycling - Dutch race bans Cavendish over Veelers crash

Organisers of the Boxmeer Criterium race in the Netherlands have told Mark Cavendish he is not welcome at their event.

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Cycling - Dutch race bans Cavendish over Veelers crash
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The ban is linked to the end of Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France, which saw Cavendish collide with Dutch rider Tom Veelers during the final sprint for the line.

Veelers was outraged by what he believed was an elbow thrown his way, but Cavendish was not penalised over the incident.

The Boxmeer is due to take place on July 22nd – the day after the Tour de France – but the Omega Pharma-Quickstep British rider has been told he is not welcome.

"We may be looking for a sprinter, but Cavendish is not that. I have seen the TV images of the sprint together with the board and I decided to take him off the list," said Twan Poels who is on the organising committee and a former rider himself.

"Simply put, we find his actions not very good. The jury may think he is not responsible for the fall of Tom Veelers – we absolutely believe otherwise."

Cavendish was soaked in urine thrown at him by a spectator during the 11th stage of the Tour and again seemed to be linked to the crash the previous day.

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