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Cavendish ruled out of Commonwealth Games

ESPN staff
July 7, 2014
Mark Cavendish was chasing a 26th stage win at the Tour de France © Getty Images

Mark Cavendish will miss the Commonwealth Games as he is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder following his crash at the Tour de France on Saturday.

Cavendish suffered a dislocated shoulder and ligament damage after crashing at the end of the opening stage in Harrogate - which forced him to withdraw from the event on Sunday morning.

Cavendish will now have surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks, which means he will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which begins on July 23.

"It's worse than I was hoping but immediately after the crash I knew something was really wrong," Cavendish said.

"It is really painful, but at the moment all I can do is focus 100% of my effort on my recovery to be able to get back racing for Omega Pharma-QuickStep as quickly as possible."

A statement from his Omega Pharma-QuickStep said: "Mark Cavendish underwent further examinations after his crash during the first stage of the Tour de France last Saturday.

"The results underlined the need for surgery after it was confirmed that all ligaments around the AC-joint were ruptured and the shoulder separated. The surgery to stabilize the AC joint will take place on Wednesday 9th of July. The recovery time after the surgery will be around six weeks."

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