Mark Cavendish faces surgery, misses Commonwealth Games

Former world champion to have procedure on his shoulder on Wednesday following Harrogate crash

by Simon_MacMichael   July 7, 2014  

Mark Cavendish after crashing in Harrogate (picture courtesty Welcome to Yorkshire)

Mark Cavendish will undergo surgery on his shoulder on Wednesday following his crash at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday – and with his recovery expected to take six weeks, he will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In a statement issued this evening, the former world champion’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team said that a further examination of him today had shown that “all ligaments around the AC-joint were ruptured and the shoulder separated.”

Cavendish, who apologised afterwards to Orica-GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans for causing the crash that took both of them down as Marcel Kittel of Giant-Shimano rode away to the stage win, said: "It's worse than I was hoping but immediately after the crash I knew something was really wrong,"

He added: "It is really painful, but at the moment all I can do is focus 100% of my effort on my recovery to be able to get back racing for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step as quickly as possible."

The 29-year-old had been due to ride for his native Isle of Man in Glasgow, where in June last year he won the national road race championship for the first time.

Cavendish's sprinting duties were taken over today by his leadout man Mark Renshaw, who finished third to Kittel in London this afternoon on the third and final stage in Great Britain before the race heads back to France.

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I would imagine it will take a bit if time for the team to regroup around Mark Renshaw. I hope he scires a couple of stages.

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [245 posts]
7th July 2014 - 21:14

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banzicyclist2 wrote:
I would imagine it will take a bit if time for the team to regroup around Mark Renshaw. I hope he scires a couple of stages.

Unlikely, the OPQS boys seem to be really struggling. They don't appear to have got themselves in a position to deliver anyone to the front. That's the reason Cav crashed. The train didn't deliver him and he got boxed. On today's showing nothing has changed. I can't see them doing anything in a normal sprint and so they have to hope for a breakaway or Kwiakowski doing something on GC, which is remote. Cav really was plan A and all that has gone out the window.

I think a Tony Martin TT will also be a tall order.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1186 posts]
7th July 2014 - 22:10

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Colin Peyresourde wrote:
banzicyclist2 wrote:
I would imagine it will take a bit if time for the team to regroup around Mark Renshaw. I hope he scires a couple of stages.

Unlikely, the OPQS boys seem to be really struggling. They don't appear to have got themselves in a position to deliver anyone to the front. That's the reason Cav crashed. The train didn't deliver him and he got boxed. On today's showing nothing has changed. I can't see them doing anything in a normal sprint and so they have to hope for a breakaway or Kwiakowski doing something on GC, which is remote. Cav really was plan A and all that has gone out the window.

I think a Tony Martin TT will also be a tall order.

Interesting that you thought the train didn't deliver him - I had thought (possibly incorrectly, amid unmitigated chaos after Cancellara's attack) that he had been in a reasonable position but the road headed upwards a bit too much, which was why Sagan (rather than say Greipel) held on for 2nd. Then again, the gradient didn't affect Kittel, so maybe you're right. I had hoped a Kwatkowski/Petacchi/Renshaw/Cav train was going to light up the race.

I do think OPQS look a little lost now, although 3rd isn't a disaster. They might have more luck chancing their arm in breaks.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
8th July 2014 - 8:50

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Gutted for Cav and the sprint contest vs Kittel. looked a beuty of a contest.
Ive just recovered from a similar injury and its bloody agony for sure...to hear he is being accused of crashing deliberately and risking such an injury is..well..err...what planet is said accuser from again??

posted by gareth2510 [141 posts]
8th July 2014 - 9:30

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