International Cycling

Cavendish out for the year

2015-09-21 19:28
Mark Cavendish. (Peter Dejong, AP)

Paris - British sprint star Mark Cavendish underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday, his Etixx-Quick Step team said.

However, Etixx said the time required to recover from the operation meant the 30-year-old former world road race champion would not compete again this year.

"Cavendish underwent surgery this morning on his left shoulder, to fix a partial tear of his left AC ligament suffered as consequence of the crash during the 6th stage of Aviva Tour of Britain. This was the opposite shoulder to the one damaged at Le Tour de France in 2014," said an Etixx statement.

The operation was performed in Wilslow, near Manchester, England.

"It has been a very difficult decision. However, after 10 days from the crash, I still had pain and I couldn't lift or pull much weight," said Cavendish.

"I tried to ride my bike a few days ago on the road, but I could not put any power out by pulling on the handlebars. The surgery was necessary to avoid any problems in the near future.

"I'm so disappointed to end the season like this."

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