The news came from BBC journalist Matt Slater via his Twitter account on Monday evening. He wrote: "Mark Cavendish considers legal action against Alexander Kristoff following the claim from the Norwegian that Cav crashed on purpose. Cav's agent Simon Bayliff said that the Manx star is angry/shocked by Kristoff's claims, especially the idea that he crashed on purpose."
The accusations from Kristoff follow the high-speed crash that sent both Cavendish and rider Simon Gerrans out of the first leg of the 21 stage competition.
The Brit did admit responsibility for the accident, but denies it was intentional. Cavendish sustained a serious shoulder injury after both riders fell from their bikes.