It has been a bad week for British cyclists with both Steve Cummings and Mark Cavendish side lined due to injuries.
Steve Cummings is likely to need surgery after he sustained multiple injuries in a crash during the Tour of the Basque Country. Cummings, who won stages at the Tour de France in both 2015 and 2016, was forced to pull out of the race following the crash on Thursday’s fourth stage.
The Team Dimension Data rider, 36, is suffering from a fractured scapula, sternum and collarbone as a result of the crash which took place around 30km from the end and also took out a number of other riders.
Jarrad van Zuydam, the team’s doctor, said, “The scapular fracture extends into the joint meaning that Steve will likely need surgery to ensure an accurate reduction. If all goes well, we can expect to have him on a trainer in two weeks’ time with a gradual return as pain allows.”
Meanwhile Mark Cavendish, who also rides for Team Dimension Data, was ruled out of this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix one-day classic due to an ankle injury.
Cavendish finished thirtieth in the race last year and was due to ride it for just the third time. However, he will now be resting before returning for the Grand Boucle in July.
In regards to Cavendish’s injury Van Zuydam said, “Mark sustained an overuse injury of his right ankle while competing at the Tirreno-Adriatico race. The injury was thought to be resolving but has unfortunately flared up again during training. Further investigation and treatment is necessary over the coming days to resolve the injury before Mark returns to racing.”
As a result, Cavendish also missed last Wednesday’s Paris-Roubaix warm-up race Sheldeprijs, which the Manxman has won three times.