Mark Cavendish suffers TWO broken ribs and a collapsed lung

British cycling legend Mark Cavendish spends a night in intensive care after suffering two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a horrific crash in Belgium

  • Mark Cavendish was one of many riders to crash during the Ghent Six Day event 
  • The 36-year-old stood and waved to spectators following the incident 
  • The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider was put on a stretcher and taken to hospital
  • He was kept at Belgian hospital overnight but is expected to be discharged soon 

Mark Cavendish suffered a collapsed lung and two broken ribs in a terrifying crash during the Ghent Six Day track event on Sunday night, his Deceuninck-QuickStep team announced.

Cavendish, 36, spent the night in the intensive care unit of a Belgian hospital after leaving the velodrome on a stretcher, but is expected to be discharged soon.

A statement said: ‘Following his crash at the Ghent Six Day, Mark Cavendish was taken to the Ghent University Hospital where he was kept overnight.

Mark Cavendish suffered a collapsed lung and two broken ribs in a crash on Sunday night

Cavendish was one of several riders to crash in the final race of the Ghent Six Day track event

‘Examinations showed that Mark has suffered two broken ribs on this left side and has a small pneumothorax, both of which have been treated with medication and he has been kept in the hospital for observation.

‘It is expected that Mark will be discharged either later today or tomorrow morning, and will then undergo a period of recuperation. Everybody at Deceuninck-QuickStep wishes Mark a speedy recovery.’

Cavendish, a prolific sprinter who has won 34 Tour de France stages and a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was one of several riders to crash in the final race. 

The 36-year-old, who also won road race world championships gold in 2011 and has three world titles on the track, stood and waved to spectators following the incident, but was then put on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

His wife Peta Todd posted on Twitter: ‘Thank you for all the messages. Mark is spending the night in ICU following today’s crash.

‘Thank you to all the medical staff that helped us today and also to the staff that sprung into action to help me and the kids.’

The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider, 36, stood and waved to spectators following the incident

But he was then put on a stretcher and taken to a Belgian hospital where he stayed overnight

In an interview with the Times prior to the crash, Cavendish had described racing on Ghent’s 166-metre velodrome, shorter and steeper than the Olympic standard 250m, as like being on a ‘wall of death’, admitting he was ‘petrified of it’ following a crash two years ago.

However, the three-time Madison world champion remains keen on track racing, and was using the event to bring down the curtain on a year which he has described as a ‘fairytale’.

Having feared his career was over last year, Cavendish signed a minimum-wage contract with Deceuninck-QuickStep and then used an unexpected late call-up to the Tour de France to win four stages, his first since 2016 as he matched Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 victories in the race.

Cavendish is expected to sign a new one-year deal with the Belgian team, with talks continuing.

Cavendish had previously described racing on Ghent’s velodrome as like being on a ‘wall of death’




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