Mark Cavendish could miss the rest of the cycling season due to injuries sustained in the Tour de France.
Cavendish fell at the end of stage one of the Tour de France after colliding with Simon Gerrans on the run in to the finish line.
The sprinter ruptured the ligaments around the AC-joint and separated his shoulder.
Cavendish will not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and is a serious doubt for the Vuelta a Espana which starts on the 28th August. If he doesn't compete in the Vuelta it will be the first time he hasn't raced in a Grand Tour since 2006.
The Briton is still hopeful he will compete at some point during the rest of the season but admits he won't return until he has fully recovered.
According to Cycling Weekly, Cavendish said: “Obviously, I can’t compete until I’m guaranteed that there will no more shoulder damage.
“I’ve had an easy-ish season so far, so I want to finish the season strongly. I want to do it properly.”
“I’m not pain-free, but I’m able to use my arm to lift things and hold things. I’ve got movement. The strength has gone a little bit, but I can ride my bike, and that’s the main thing.”
After winning nine times in 2014 in preparation for the Tour de France Cavendish was the in-form sprinter going into the race and he will hope he can get back in shape as quickly as possible so he can take part in either the Vuelta or races including the Tour of Poland, RideLondon-Surrey, the Eneco Tour, Hamburg, Montreal and Quebec.
Quick, but not that quick
The Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider is pleased his recovery is going quicker than expected but he is still unsure of when he will return to the road.
“It seems the recovery is faster than we had hoped. I can start to train but the problem is that if I crash again… It was a grade four tear of the ligament, which was worse than we expected in the first days.”
“I don’t want to be just riding around, and I don’t want to crash and damage my shoulder still further,” he said.
“I don’t know how soon [my return] will be. We’re going to talk about it. I’m pretty realistic that I can’t jump back into competition tomorrow, but I’d like to get back as soon as possible.”
I think Cavendish would have won at least three of the stages at the Tour if he hadn't crashed. Marcel Kittel is the only sprinter who can compete with him and it would have been interesting to see those two fight out the sprints.
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