Mark Cavendish said via social media on Wednesday that armed individuals broke into his home and robbed his family at knifepoint on November 27.
The 36-year-old Manxman, who recently signed a contract renewal with Deceuninck-QuickStep, described an incident that occurred not long after he left the hospital, where he was being treated for serious injuries suffered in a crash at the Ghent Six.
“In the early hours of 27th November, while recovering at our Essex family home shortly after leaving Intensive Care, 4 masked and armed men forced their way in to our home as we slept, threatened my wife and children and violently attacked me. At knifepoint, they proceeded to ransack our belongings,” Cavendish wrote.
Cavendish said that “two watches of great sentiment and value” were among the items that the thieves stole, “but far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, safety, privacy, and dignity that my young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home.”
Cavendish also asked that anyone with information come forward and help, saying that “the effect that this nightmare has had on my family is already heart-breakingly evident.”