VIDEO: Mark Cavendish suffers two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in horror track crash
Cavendish was taken to the Gent University Hospital where he was kept overnight after bad crash at Six Days of Gent track race
Cavendish was riding in the Madison on Sunday when Danish world and Olympic champion Lasse Norman Hansen crashed in front of him after Gerben Thijssen slipped on a wet patch on the track.
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— Επικαιρ?τητα - V - News (@triantafyllidi2) November 22, 2021
It is expected that Mark will be discharged and will then undergo a period of recuperation.
Cavendish later said "Just want to say how overwhelmed & thankful I am for all the support and well-wishes. So the race didn’t end the way we’d have preferred, I think it’s fair to say some water on the track, a high speed crash and a few barrel rolls later, I’m being treated for some"
Just want to say how overwhelmed & thankful I am for all the support and well-wishes.— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) November 22, 2021
So @zesdaagseGent didn’t end the way we’d have preferred, I think it’s fair to say ?? Some water on the track, a high speed crash and a few barrel rolls later, I’m being treated for some pic.twitter.com/Alvhn1Jnjk
Contract Renewal Put on Hold
Deceuninck - Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere has said that "other things take precedence now" as he puts contract talks with Mark Cavendish on hold.
"Mark's new contract is ready," he said. "It won't come in one day, but I'd like to see it done once he's fully recovered. He always promised me he wouldn't run away. So..."
Earlier in the week, Lefevere had shared his annoyance that talks of a contract extension for Cavendish were dragging on saying "it gets on my nerves that it drags on for so long."
Cavendish discharged from Hospital
Mark Cavendish has been discharged from the hospital where he was convalescing from a collapsed lung incurred in a track cycling crash and is back home in England, according to Belgian media.
Cavendish rides for Belgian team Deceuninck Quick-Step and was left with two broken ribs and a collapsed lung last Sunday when crashing at the popular track event, the Six Days of Ghent.
"The collapsed lung developed very positively and he was able to leave the University Hospital," daily newspaper Het Nieuwsblad said on Thursday.
The report said Cavendish's wife had driven the 36-year-old Manxman back to their home in Essex.
There are still doubts as to where Cavendish will race next season amid contract talks.