SAINT-MALO, France -- Mark Cavendish angrily grabbed the voice recorder of a reporter who asked if the Briton was at fault for a Dutch rider's crash in a final sprint Tuesday at Tour de France.
The Associated Press reporter was one of many seeking comment from the "Manx Missile" -- seen by many as the best sprinter of his generation -- after Argos Shimano rider Tom Veelers tumbled to the ground seconds before his German teammate Marcel Kittel won Stage 10.
Cavendish said outside his Omega Pharma Quickstep team bus "it was my fault" after grabbing the recorder and placing it in the bus. The recorder was returned within seconds.
Cavendish's display came after the mostly flat 197-kilometre (122-mile) from Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois to the walled port city of Saint-Malo in the northwestern Brittany region.