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Cavendish recovering from broken ribs, collapsed lung

Nov 22 (Reuters) – British bicycle owner Mark Cavendish is recovering from broken ribs and a collapsed lung after a crash within the Six Days of Ghent monitor assembly on Sunday.

Cavendish was driving within the Madison when he went down in a crash involving Olympic and world champion Lasse Norman Hansen.

“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. He has been kept in the hospital for observation,” Cavendish’s street group Deceuninck Quick-Step stated in an announcement.

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“It is expected that Mark will be discharged either later today or tomorrow morning, and will then undergo a period of recuperation.”

Cavendish took to Twitter to reassure his followers on Monday.

“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 and a pneumothorax.

“In a little bit of ache, however a few nights with the unbelievable workers right here at Ghent by University Hospital ought to type me out.”

Cavendish, 36, enjoyed a remarkable return to form this year, sprinting to four stage wins at the Tour de France to equal the record 34 of Belgian great Eddy Merckx.

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Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Pritha Sarkar

Britain's Mark Cavendish is seen riding during the 20.5 km team time trial in Venice in this May 9, 2009 file photo. Given the electrifying sprint finishes of British rider Mark Cavendish, it is little wonder he is known as

Sky Pro Cycling rider Mark Cavendish of Britain cycles during a training ride ahead of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Liege, June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (BELGIUM  - Tags: SPORT CYCLING)

Britain's Mark Cavendish is seen riding during the 20.5 km team time trial in Venice in this May 9, 2009 file photo. Given the electrifying sprint finishes of British rider Mark Cavendish, it is little wonder he is known as

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