More injury woe for Cavendish

08 March 2018 10:25:49 EST

Dimension Data rider Mark Cavendish is relieved that he escaped serious injury when he crashed out of the Tirreno-Adriatico.

The 32-year-old had been competing in his first race since he suffered a concussion after crashing out of the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour in February.

Cavendish eventually completed the 21.5km course in Lido di Camaiore more than six minutes behind the stage winners BMC Racing.

It had initially been thought that Cavendish had injured his shoulder but the team doctor decided to pull him from the race due to a concussion. It is believed that he fell to the tarmac when he hit a pothole with his rear wheel.

"An X-ray found that he has a fracture of the seventh rib on the right side," said a statement from Dimension Data.

Meanwhile, Cavendish said: "It's frustrating to have crashed, particularly in light of the concussion that I sustained in Abu Dhabi. But I'm just pleased that there's no major damage done.

"Despite the pain from my injury I was really looking forward to a fast second stage and naturally disappointed that I'm not going to be a part of it."

Caleb Ewan can be backed at 11/2 to win stage two of the Tirreno-Adriatico while Peter Sagan can be backed at 11/2.

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