Mark Cavendish out for six weeks after shoulder surgery

Mark Cavendish to have surgery on shoulder injury sustained as a result of crash on stage one of Tour de France

Mark Cavendish will undergo surgery on Wednesday to correct an injury to his right shoulder sustained as a result of a crash in the finale of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday.

According to a statement issued by his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team on Monday, Cavendish will then be out of competition for six weeks.

The lengthy recovery period rules him out of the Commonwealth Games, RideLondon-Surrey road race and possibly the Vuelta a Espana.

Cavendish was denied the chance to win Saturday’s Tour stage and wear the coveted yellow jersey for the first time. Instead, he ruptured the ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint at the top of his shoulder and will have to watch the rest of the Tour at home.