Following a dislocated collarbone after a crash on Saturday, cyclist Mark Cavendish will not be able to take part further in the Tour de France. This has also put a question mark of the 29 year old cyclist’s participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled at the later part of this summer.
Mark Simon Cavendish, an Isle of Man rider, had won a title at the British road race on course to Glasgow around a year ago.
According to medical scan reports, the cyclist has ruptured all his ligaments near the joint of the upper part of his shoulder after the rider collided with Simon Gerrans in Harrogate while a sprint was in process.
Cavensish said he was devastated after the accident and it was not possible for him to start today. The rider added he had some optimism of the swelling to subside overnight but it went to become worse in the morning. He said normally he bounces back straight in case of such crashes but this time he knew something bad had happened as he was in a lot of pain. He, however, was able to finish the race, Cavendish added.
According to Omega Pharma-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere, Cavendish cannot lift his arm and he is also unable to pull his handlebars.
Blaming himself for the crash, Cavendish said he had spoken to Gerrans at the end of the race and later talked to him in the hotel at night. Wishing Gerrans for the later part of the race, Cavendish said he hoped Gerrans was okay and added he was a good guy.
On Sunday morning Cavendish had boarded the bus raising hopes that he would compete in stage two between York and Sheffield. However, he was announced unfit to start the race following the little sleep the cyclist had in the previous night.
The stage, where Cavendish went down, was won by his arch rival, Marcel Kittel of Germany.