Mark Cavendish at the Six Days of Ghent.

Cavendish suffers two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in Ghent Six crash

Mark Cavendish spent Sunday night in the ICU of the Ghent University Hospital.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos


Mark Cavendish suffered two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a crash at the Ghent Six on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Manxman spent Sunday night in the intensive care unit at the Ghent University Hospital following the crash.

Cavendish went down during the final race of the Ghent Six Day, where he was competing with fellow Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Iljo Keisse. Gerben Thijssen briefly lost traction, reportedly on a wet section of the track, and then behind him, Kenny De Ketele swerved sharply to his right just in front of Lasse Norman Hansen. Hansen crashed, and then Cavendish, just behind, crashed as he collided with Hansen.

Both riders were standing after a few moments, with Cavendish waving to the crowd, but Cavendish was taken away on a stretcher.

Further evaluations revealed the extent of his injuries, requiring an overnight stay in the hospital. According to Deceuninck-QuickStep, he is expected to be discharged either on Monday or on Tuesday morning, and he “will then undergo a period of recuperation.”

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