Mark Cavendish looks set to miss this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow following his dramatic crash in the opening stage of the Tour de France in Yorkshire on Saturday.
The Manx Missile collided with Australian Simon Gerrans in the final few hundred metres of the stage when contesting victory and hit the tarmac hard.
The Omega Pharma Quick-Step rider eventually remounted and gingerly crossed the line but was clearly in pain as he clutched his shoulder, sparking fears he would be forced to quit Le Tour.
Those fears were soon realised as the pain and swelling got worse overnight, forcing the Manxman to quit this year’s race and scuppering his chances of adding to his 25 stage victories at the Grand Tour.
And now Cavendish has been dealt a further blow with the news that, following further examinations, he will need to undergo surgery after it was confirmed that all ligaments around the AC-joint were ruptured and the shoulder separated.
This surgery to stabilize the AC joint will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) and the recovery time is expected to be around six weeks, meaning he will miss the Commonwealth Games which take place in Glasgow between July 23 and August 3.
A disappointed Cav commented: ‘It’s worse than I was hoping but immediately after the crash I knew something was really wrong.
‘It is really painful, but at the moment all I can do is focus 100 per cent of my effort on my recovery to be able to get back racing for Omega Pharma Quick-Step as quickly as possible.’