TINY Isle of Man will likely be with out one in all their prime medal hopes at subsequent month’s Commonwealth Video games after Mark Cavendish was pressured out of the occasion.
The Manx Missile has been out of motion since taking a nasty tumble finally Saturday’s Milan-San Remo race, one of many largest one-day occasions on the calendar.
Cavendish has suffered some cringeworthy bashes over the past couple of months however the one in north west Italy was significantly nasty.
The 32-year-old collided with a bollard at excessive velocity earlier than flying over the handlebars and careering head over heels as he landed on his again.
He additionally had crashes at Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of Dubai this yr, ending a tough few months for the bunch sprinting legend.
He mentioned: “Though it is in the end constructive information that there is been no critical harm sustained following the crash, I’m vastly disillusioned to must withdraw from the Commonwealth Video games.
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“I am immensely proud to represent the Isle of Man and was looking forward to a successful Games with the team.
“However, unfortunately it’s just come a little too soon in my recovery.”
Cavendish, who has 30 individual stage wins on the Tour de France, put no time frame on his return as he hopes to ride for Team Dimension Data in the race in July.
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He won gold in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the scratch race but also supported fellow Manxman Peter Kennaugh in the 2014 road race after a shoulder injury in the opening stage of the Tour that year.
He added: “I’ll now be working tirelessly on my recovery and will be liaising closely with my team at Dimension Data before announcing a return to racing.
“I will be doing everything I can to get back as quickly as possible.”