Mark Cavendish out of UCI Road World Championships

Great Britain's former champion pulls out as a result of shoulder injury

Former champion Mark Cavendish will not ride for Great Britain at this year’s UCI Road World Championships after failing to shake-off the shoulder injury which curtailed his Tour of Britain.

Cavendish collided with a parked car on stage six of this year’s race (see the video below) in a crash which forced the Manx Missile to abandon the race.

The 2011 world champion is the third big-name to drop out of the British team for this year’s race, with Chris Froome missing out because of the broken foot suffered at the Vuelta a Espana and Geraint Thomas pulling out due to fatigue.

It leaves the team without a stand-out leader on the Richmond course, but Ben Swift and Classics specialists Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe are all on the nine-man team.

Cavendish, 30, tweeted his disappointment at missing out on the race. He is expected to return for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour in October before ending his season.


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