Mark Cavendish out of for rest of season after shoulder surgery

Mark Cavendish out of for rest of season after shoulder surgery
By Eurosport

21/09/2015 at 23:42Updated 21/09/2015 at 23:48

Mark Cavendish's season is over after the British sprinter had surgery on an injured shoulder.

The Manxman's Etixx-Quickstep team confirmed on Monday that their star man went under the knife "to fix a partial tear of his left AC ligament suffered as consequence of the crash during the 6th stage of Aviva Tour of Britain. This was the opposite shoulder to the one damaged at Le Tour de France in 2014."

The surgery was a success, the team added, but Cavendish will not ride again this year.

"It has been a very difficult decision," Cavendish said about choosing to have surgery.

"However, after 10 days from the crash, I still had pain and I couldn't lift or pull much weight. I tried to ride my bike a few days ago on the road, but I could not put any power out by pulling on the handlebars.

"The surgery was necessary to avoid any problems in the near future. I'm so disappointed to end the season like this.

"The UCI World Championships and Abu Dhabi Tour were two important objectives for the end of my season. But there's nothing I can do now except take a period of rest, and then start with intensive rehab. I wish Etixx – Quick-Step and the British National Team all the best for the next races."