Mark Cavendish could miss World Championship through injury

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish withdrew from the Tour of Britain after a nasty crash early on in stage six.

The Manxman was in the hospital before TV cameras had even started showing the race, as he underwent tests to understand the extent of damage done to his shoulder.

Cavendish has had a tough week at the Tour of Britain and did not manage to win a single stage.

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He was pipped on the line by Team Sky's Elia Viviani last Sunday and has been caught up in a number of crashes as well as suffering several badly timed punctures.

His wife Peta tweeted:

There was positive news for Cavendish later on, however, when scans could not find a fracture in his shoulder.

He will now have to rest and have further tests before confirming his fitness for the upcoming Championships. He may also take some comfort knowing that his teammate, Matteo Trentin, won today's Tour of Britain stage into Nottingham.

World Championships on the horizon

It is ironic that Cavendish's injury came on the day that British Cycling announced their nine-man squad to race at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Cavendish was selected alongside Geraint Thomas, Stephen Cummings, Scott Thwaites, Ian Stannard, Alex Dowsett, Ben Swift, Andy Fenn and Luke Rowe.

If Cavendish is unable to ride then the team will likely be led by Thomas, who won the E3 Harelbeke classic earlier this year. Dowsett will attempt to win the time trial championship won by Bradley Wiggins last year. 

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