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Mark Cavendish crashes heavily on return from injury

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Mark Cavendish's return to cycling didn't go to plan, as the 32-year-old crashed out in the final 10km of Saturday's Milan-San Remo in Italy.

Cavendish painfully hit a bollard as he tried to go around it and was forced over the front of his bike - scroll further down the page to see the video.

The event was Cavendish's first since fracturing his rib in a crash on the opening stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico on March 7.

The 294km sprint was won by Italian, Vincenzo Nibali, in a time of seven hours 18 minutes and 43 seconds.

Cavendish, who rides for Team Dimension Data, injured his knees, hips and hands in his fall at the Tirreno-Adriatico and despite his rib not being fully healed, elected to race in the Milan-San Remo.

Prior to his rib injury, Cavendish had also withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Tour after sustaining concussion and whiplash in a separate fall.

Having been selected by the Isle of Man team to lead their road cycling team at April's Commonwealth Games in Australia, Cavendish will be hoping his latest crash doesn't prove too serious.

Cavendish's latest big crash:

The Manx Missile was the last man to win gold at the event, when he triumphed in the Men's Scratch Race in Melbourne in 2006.

Cavendish will now be hoping to replicate that success when the squad travels to Australia's Gold Coast in April.

The 2018 road race route is relatively flat and is widely tipped to finish in a bunch sprint, which gives Cavendish a strong chance of coming away with a medal.

CYCLING-UAE-CAVENDISH

The 2018 Commonwealth Games take place on the Gold Coast, Australia, over April 4-15.

The men’s and women’s road races take place on Saturday April 14, just six days after Paris-Roubaix (April 8), a race that Cavendish said he wants to ride in 2018.

First and foremost, however, the 32-year-old must ensure he rests up from another horrific fall this year.

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