The Dimension Data rider missed the time cut by a large margin on Wednesday in La Rosiere but bravely insisted on fighting his way to the finish rather than throw in the towel and climb off mid-stage.
“We always knew these stages were going to be hard. Seeing them in October, we talked about it and said we would just have to try,” Cavendish said in an audio message on the team’s Twitter page.
“I tried and and I finished but was nowhere near fast enough. Several teammates waited to help him, but it was evident that I can only go my own pace on the climbs so I told them to carry on.
“Obviously I was disappointed but that’s bike racing and it wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last, and I’ll just try to come back stronger next year.”
It never occurred to him to abandon and climb into the broom wagon.
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