Nearly three months after his Tour de France crash Mark Cavendish admits he is still suffering from his injuries.
Cavendish crashed during the first stage of the Tour on the sprint finish into Harrogate, sustaining multiple injuries including a dislocated AC-joint.
The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider was desperate to win the opening stage because the winner would wear the yellow jersey and Cavendish has never worn it.
Cavendish optimistic over shoulder injury
The Manx missile admitted his shoulder would take a while to heal but was hopeful it would feel better soon.
According to Cycling News, Cavendish said: “My shoulder’s not going to be all right for a few months yet.
“It still gives me a bit of gyp. I can’t lift too big a weight, which is going to be a bit of a problem this winter, but not too much.”
Cavendish had ridden in the Tour every year since 2007 and it is an event he always looks forward to and he is determined never to watch it from home again.
“I really missed the Tour. I’ve done it every year since I turned pro in 2007. I don’t want to miss it again. If anything, this year has given me the inspiration to keep going as long as possible. You could say this year has pushed my career on a few more years.”
The sprinter has been back to racing though since his crash and has already taken part in the Tour de l'Ain and the Tour of Britain. He has taken more of a back seat role whilst his injuries fully heal and is now responsible for leading out his fellow sprinters.
It won't be long before Cavendish is back to full strength and with the season coming to a close soon, he will have some extra time to build up his fitness.
Cavendish is fully aware though of what could happen if he rushes his return from injury and he is keen to give his shoulder all the time it needs to recover.
“What you have to remember it’s not like a computer game where if you crash out you start again next time. I had a grade four shoulder separation just a couple of months ago."
“I didn’t watch my crash for a while, I didn’t want to see it. In the past it would have been the end of my world. But my daughter, Delilah, she’s 2½, she put me right. She had this little nurse’s outfit, had the stethoscope out, wearing it the wrong way round over her head, and was going ‘daddy better’.
"I guarantee I recovered two weeks quicker because of that.”