Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for
Qhubeka have confirmed that Mark Cavendish sustained "no serious
injury" following a major crash within 10 kilometres of the finish of
Milan-Sanremo on Saturday.
"The 32-year-old fell heavily
after striking a bollard and was immediately assisted by race medical
personnel, after which he was taken to a local hospital," the team said in a statement.
"Following medical imaging, it was
determined that he avoided major injury in the incident.
"He did sustain a new rib fracture
(5th) on the same side as the one that he damaged in the opening stage of
"He also has bruising and
abrasions consistent with the scale of the crash as well as a possible ligamentous ankle injury that will require further assessment once he returns
home on Saturday.
"The team would like to extend a
big thanks to everybody who has sent messages of concern; and we will keep you
updated as and when, should additional information become available."