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The cycling world was given a major scare on Monday when British star Mark Cavendish was involved in a horror crash.
Cavendish was riding in the Madison at the Six Days of Ghent event in Belgium 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.
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Cavendish, winner of a record-equalling 34 stages on the Tour de France, rode into the Dane's bike, sending him tumbling to the floor.
The 36-year-old was attended to by medical personnel as the event was brought to a terrifying halt.
Cavendish managed to get back to his feet but needed to be taken from the arena on a stretcher and transferred to hospital in an ambulance.
He spent the night in the intensive care unit at the Ghent University Hospital.
The Deceuninck Quick-Step team later revealed the British star suffered two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
"Examinations showed that Mark has suffered two broken ribs on this left side and has a small pneumothorax (collapsed lung), both of which have been treated with medication," the team said.
"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."
Mark Cavendish thanks fans for their well-wishes
Cavendish later posted a photo from his hospital bed.
“Just want to say how overwhelmed & thankful I am for all the support and well-wishes," he wrote.
“So Ghent 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 broken ribs & a pneumothorax.
“In a bit of pain, but a couple of nights with the incredible staff here at Ghent University Hospital should sort me out.”
Cavendish's 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."
In an interview prior to the crash, Cavendish had described Ghent's 166-metre velodrome as like being on a “wall of death”, admitting he was “petrified of it” after a similar crash there two years ago.
The velodrome in Ghent is shorter and steeper than the Olympic standard 250m.
Wishing Cav a full and speedy recovery from crashing the other day. Glad he’s ok…hope to see him at full throttle again the summer #manxmissile
— Alex Muse (@musey719) November 22, 2021
Thinking of you, Mark and family. Hope he gets better quickly! Ehugs.
— Gill Short💙 (@EisGill) November 21, 2021
Get well soon, looking forward to seeing you back in the peleton when you have recovered, don't rush just make sure you are fully recovered and in the meantime enjoy some time with your family.
— Trevor Williams (@macworm) November 22, 2021
So sad to see Cav has had a crash,best wishes and get well soon from IOMan xxx🚴🇮🇲🇮🇲 pic.twitter.com/avoQOYUGAK
— barbara hay (@Barbara21hay) November 22, 2021
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