‘I knew I’d performed some injury and was in a unhealthy method’: British biking legend Mark Cavendish opens up on his horror crash in Belgium which left him with two broken ribs and ‘ripped a gap’ in his lung
- Mark Cavendish suffered a hefty crash throughout the Ghent Six Day monitor occasion
- The 36-year-old had nowhere to go after a rider crashed out in entrance of him
- He suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung within the horrific accident
- Cavendish beforehand described the velodrome in Ghent as like a ‘wall of demise’
Mark Cavendish has revealed he knew he ‘was in a unhealthy method’ following his horrific crash on the Ghent Six Day monitor occasion.
The 36-year-old was racing within the Madison on Sunday evening when world champion Lasse Norman Hansen crashed proper in entrance of him within the remaining race.
With nowhere to go, Cavendish rode into the bike and was despatched flying by means of the air in a crash which broke two ribs and what he stated ‘ripped a gap’ in his lung.
Mark Cavendish suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung in a hefty accident
Speaking to the Sun, he revealed that his speedy response was to face up to let his 4 kids Finn, Delilah, Frey and Casper, know that he was okay as they have been in attendance.
He stated: ‘When I crashed I knew I’d performed some injury and was in a unhealthy method, that scares you.
‘But the children have been there and my intuition was to face up in order that they’d know I’m okay.
Cavendish obtained to his ft after the incident in an effort to ensure his kids knew he was okay
The 36-year-old was then taken away on a stretcher and went to hospital after his accident
‘I walked again to the cabins we keep in on the velodrome and once they’d gone I used to be stretchered off to hospital.’
Regarding the crash he recalled: ‘It was a freak accident brought on by water on the monitor after a rider spilled his drink.
‘There was a slip of wheels in entrance which began a chain response and precipitated the crash. I landed on a bike, broke my ribs and ripped a gap in my lung.
‘The gap is behind my coronary heart, which complicates issues and makes it tougher to observe, as a result of it doesn’t present on X-rays, however I’ll survive.’
Cavendish pictured driving behind team-mate Iljo Keisse throughout the occasion final Sunday
In an interview with the Times, Cavendish described Ghent’s 166-metre velodrome as like being on a ‘wall of death’, admitting he was ‘petrified’ of it after a crash two years in the past.
He tweeted on Monday evening: ‘Just want to say how overwhelmed and thankful I am for all the support and well-wishes.
Some water on the track, a high-speed crash and a few barrel rolls later, I’m being handled for some broken ribs and a pneumothorax.
‘In a little bit of ache, however a couple of nights with the unimaginable workers right here at Ghent University Hospital ought to kind me out.’
Cavendish took to social media after the accident to thank followers for his or her help
His spouse Peta added: ‘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 three-time Madison world champion remains keen on track racing, and was using the event to bring down the curtain on a fairytale year.
He signed a contract on cycling’s minimal wage with Deceuninck Quick-Step and then used an sudden late call-up to the Tour de France to win 4 levels as he matched Eddy Merckx’s all-time file of 34 victories within the race.
Cavendish is in talks with the Belgian workforce and is predicted to signal a new one-year deal.