Cavendish involved in training crash
Mark Cavendish became the latest member of Great Britain's cycling team to have a run-in with a vehicle, but escaped with minor bruising after the incident which occurred near his Italian home in Tuscany.
Cavendish, who will join Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2013 after a single season with Team Sky, announced on Twitter that he had hit the back of a car after it braked heavily during a training ride.
"Went and hit the back of a car that slammed on today in training," Cavendish wrote on his Twitter feed. "Wasn't ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I'm relatively OK. If anyone cares."
The incident happened just two weeks after British team-mate Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton were both involved in serious accidents in the UK.
Wiggins suffered a fractured rib, a bruised lung and a dislocated finger after a collision with a van near his home in Lancashire, just a day before Sutton suffered bleeding on the brain after an accident near Manchester.