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Mark Cavendish’s bid to take a stage win in the Aviva Tour of Britain unravelled when he hit the deck early on during day six of the race but, after fears that he had incurred a serious shoulder injury, his Etixx – Quick-Step team has confirmed that the damage is not too serious.
“As consequence of today’s crash during Aviva Tour of Britain stage six, Mark Cavendish withdrew from the race and was transported to the Alexandra Hospital in Stockport for further examination of his left shoulder,” it said in a statement.
“The X-rays underlined no fracture, or AC dislocation, of his shoulder, but a contusion was diagnosed. Cavendish will have to respect some days of rest before resuming training.”
Cavendish crashed hard on stage one of the 2014 Tour de France and suffered a grade four rupture of the shoulder. It was a serious injury and ruled him out of competition for several weeks.
His crash into a parked car on Friday prompted concerns that he might have suffered a similar issue. Fortunately this is not the case, and his participation in the upcoming world road race championships doesn’t appear to be in doubt.
He is due to compete as co-leader of the British team there. He previously won the championships in 2011.
He showed solid form when he finished second on stage one of the Aviva Tour of Britain.