Mark Cavendish 'can do the Worlds' despite Tour of Britain crash

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

5 July 2015 102nd Tour de France Stage 02 : Utrecht - Zelande CAVENDISH Mark (GBR) Etixx - Quickstep Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

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.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.