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Mark Cavendish faces surgery, misses Commonwealth Games

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

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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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