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by Shane Stokes
March 9, 2018
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Mark Cavendish’s crash on Wednesday’s opening leg of Tirreno-Adriatico saw him eliminated from the race due to his finishing outside the day’s time limit. The full extent of that crash was determined after the stage, with the Manxman suffering injuries including a fractured rib.
“Unfortunately Mark was involved in a crash with about five kms to go in today’s team time trial,” said Dr. Jarrad van Zuydam after the stage. “He came down pretty hard at around 55km/h and he sustained multiple abrasions and soft tissue injuries to his knees, hips, hands and some swelling on his face as well.
“He had a lot of rib pain which we went to x-ray, and found that he has a fracture of the seventh rib on the right side. The fracture’s nice and stable and should heal well.”
“Thanks, as always, to everyone that’s sent messages,” said Cavendish. “It’s hugely appreciated. It’s frustrating to have crashed today, particularly in light of the concussion that I sustained in Abu Dhabi, but I’m just pleased that there’s no major damage done.
“Despite the pain from my injury I was really looking forward to a fast second stage and naturally disappointed that I’m not going to be a part of it.”