Tour de France 2014: Mark Cavendish could sue Alexander Kristoff after he claimed Manxman 'crashed on purpose' in stage one
Nowergian rider said Cavendish had 'lost his head a little bit'
Mark Cavendish is considering suing Alexander Kristoff after the Norwegian rider accused the Manxman of “crashing on purpose” during stage one of the Tour de France.
Cavendish has had to pull out of the race after the crash left him with a dislocated shoulder – the injury will also mean Cavendish has to miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.
"He has has no idea where Kristoff is coming from," said Cavendish’s agent Simon Bayliff.
"I would normally say it's best just to let some things go, but this is libellous and we are considering legal action."
The 29-year-old admitted he was at fault for causing the collision with Simon Gerrans during the climax in Harrogate and apologised to the Australian rider.
Officials made no ruling on the incident, but Kristoff said: Cavendish had "lost his head a little bit", adding: "I hope he calms down a little bit in the future." Cavendish is out for six weeks after dislocating his shoulder
He told cyclingnews.com: "It's not the first time he's done this. At 60kmh it's really dangerous and you can injure people, so it's not nice of him.
"In an uphill sprint you lose a bit of control sometimes."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established media firm based in Surrey is ...
£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£30000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small technology business ...