The Manxman fell early on in Friday's sixth stage and abandoned

Mark Cavendish should be fit for the Road World Championships in America later this month, despite injuring his shoulder in Friday’s Tour of Britain stage.

Exactly what happened to Cavendish is unclear; race radio reported he had fallen early on in the stage, but his abandon was only announced within the final 90 minutes of the stage from Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham.

“I think a car was parked a little in the road – the security was fine, there was just a lot of people. That’s what somebody told me,” said Etixx DS Brian Holm.

“He couldn’t move at all, the doctor said there wasn’t anything broken in shoulder, but there was no chance he could continue. I think it’s the one he injured in Harrogate [in the 2014 Tour de France].

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“I think he’s alright, he’s in the clinic in Manchester. My guess would be that he can do the Worlds, we’ll see.”

Cavendish was this afternoon announced in Britain’s nine-man team for the World Championships road race in Richmond, Virginia on September 27.

This is the first time that Cavendish has failed to finish the national tour; he holds the record number of stage wins in the modern event with 10, and has twice won in London, where this year’s event finishes on Sunday.

  • MikeTea

    I doubt he’ll even finish; much less win. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Bob

    maybe he can, and id rather him win than anyone else, just don’t like his recent moaning about the vuelta – GL

  • J1

    Why? Cav can get over the climbs better than a lot of sprinters.

    Have you looked at the parcours for the championships? A lot of people are backing Sagan, naturally, but there’s a few riders who could go well, I’m thinking GVA.

  • Bob

    lets hope there’s no uphill bits at the WC then

  • Edvid

    Thankfully he hasn’t broken or dislocated anything, though he will have to rest for a few days (according to EQS).

  • Aurelio

    Agreed that he is not in his best shape but as a fan one can dream.

  • Edvid

    He would need to be in top form to have any chance, and he clearly isn’t (regardless of any injury he may have incurred).

  • Aurelio

    Hope he is ok, I would love to watch him taking a second rainbow jersey later in the year.