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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

VIDEO: Mark Cavendish suffers two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in horror track crash

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.

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 ICU wing at the hospital for observation.

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"

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.