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by Neal Rogers
July 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Groenewegen wins field sprint in Paris as Froome becomes a four-time Tour de France champion; Kline, Rose take Stage 4 criterium wins at Cascade Classic as Mannion, Dragoo retain race lead; De Gendt ‘very disappointed’ to not receive Super Combativity award at Tour de France; Sunweb celebrates points, KOM jerseys at Tour de France two months after winning Giro d’Italia; Cavendish: ‘My career is over if I don’t let this fracture heal properly’; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 21 highlights.
Mark Cavendish returned to Paris on Sunday, but in a vastly different capacity to previous years. He’s a four-time sprint winner on the Champs Elysees, yet this time around he was clad in civilian clothes and mingling with team mates, Dimension Data staff and guests, still recovering from the serious crash he suffered on Stage 4.
Bringing up the image on his mobile phone, Cavendish showed CyclingTips and Sky News an x-ray of his fractured shoulder blade. The damage was clearly visible, with a large hole visible in the centre of his scapula. Looking at a glance like a jagged tear in a sheet of paper, the photo underlined how serious the injury was. So too did his words.
“I’m doing all right. I’ve been doing everything I can. I was back on the Isle of Man — I was in a hyperbaric chamber over there trying to recover as much as possible. It’s pushed on a bit but it’s such a complex fracture,” he said. “After five days I was in [only] a relatively small amount of pain but I can’t do anything with it. If I don’t let this heal properly it ruins my career. It’s a hole in my shoulder blade. If I don’t let that heal properly, then my career’s over.”
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