Mark Cavendish ruled out of Tour de France with broken shoulder

Mark Cavendish is out of the Tour de France after a crash on the fourth stage. Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

Team Dimension Data have confirmed Mark Cavendish will take no further part in this year's Tour de France after suffering a broken shoulder blade in the final sprint on the fourth stage.

An elbow from Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sent the Team Dimension Data sprinter into the barriers as they raced toward the finish in Vittel and Cavendish was taken to hospital after the stage.

"Mark suffered a fracture to the right scapula," Dimension Data team doctor Adrian Rotunno said in a statement. "Fortunately, no surgery is required at this stage, and most importantly, there is no nerve damage. He's been withdrawn from the arc for obvious reasons, and we'll continue monitoring him over the coming days."

"I'm obviously massively disappointed to get this news about the fracture," added Cavendish. "The team was incredible today. They executed to perfection what we wanted to do this morning.

"I feel I was in a good position to win and to lose that and even having to leave the Tour, a race I've built my whole career around, is really sad."