London - British cycling officials say
sprinter Mark Cavendish will miss next week's world championships in Richmond,
Virginia, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.
Cavendish, who won the road race world
title in 2011, injured his left shoulder when he crashed during stage six of
the Tour of Britain on September 11.
The 30-year-old sprint specialist was among
the contenders next week.
British Cycling said in a statement Friday
that Cavendish "will require a longer period of recovery on his
The team's technical director Shane Sutton
said "it's a real blow for Mark to have to pull out of this year's
race," adding that the injury is "more serious than we had
The worlds will be held in the Richmond
area from September 20 to 27.