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Injured Cavendish completes first stage

Mark Cavendish completed the first stage of the Tour of Qatar yesterday (Monday), but struggled to make an impact following Sunday's crash.

The 25-year-old was 96th, completing the 145km route 13 minutes 47 seconds behind stage winner Tom Boonen.

Asked about his crash in the prologue, Cavendish said: 'I tried to bunny hop a speed bump but it just caught my back wheel. They weren't like the rounded ones, it had a lip on it so I came down.

'My hip hurts the most because that's where I came down the hardest.'

He took to the route from Dukhan to Al Khor Corniche with gauze and bandages covering his left arm and leg.

The five-stage 714km race finishes at the Doha Corniche on Friday.

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