Mark Cavendish about Bergen absence: I am still struggling with the broken shoulder
Sep 15 2017 02:39 am CET

Mark Cavendish about Bergen absence: I am still struggling with the broken shoulder

Mark Cavendish has confirmed that he withdrew himself as an option for the upcoming World Championships as he is still working on the recovery from his broken shoulder.

The absence of Cavendish from the British selection for the upcoming World Championships road race was notable as one of the objectives of the season for the rider was to go to the competition and retake the rainbow jersey.

"I am gutted to say I won't be representing Great Britain this year at the World Road Race Championships in Bergen, Norway," the rider said in a statement published on his social media. "It was a goal I'd set to try and win this year, on a course that suits me at my peak and the strength in depth we have in the Great Britain Cycling Team.

"Unfortunately, I am still struggling with the broken shoulder I sustained from the crash in this year's Tour de France, so I withdrew myself as an option for selection last week."

The rider broke his shoulder in the infamous crash against Peter Sagan, which resulted in the expulsion from the race for the Slovak, during the fourth stage of the French Grand Tour.

"As always, I'll be supporting all my friends and colleagues as they strive for our next World Champ stripes after Lizzie (Deignan)'s dominant ride in Richmond, 2 years ago. Good luck to you all and stay safe."

The 2017 season for the World Champion of 2011 has been marred by disease and bad luck. Back in April he was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus, which didn't allow him to compete in the British National Championships, followed by his crash in the Tour de France after getting back in form.
Photo of Mark Cavendish by Jens Herrndorff for Team Dimension Data.





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