Cavendish to Miss Commonwealth Games

imageIt has been confirmed that Mark Cavendish will now miss the Commonwealth Games, set to begin in Glasgow on July 23, as a result of the injuries sustained in the closing minutes of the first stage of the Tour de France. The Omega Pharma – Quick-Step rider suffered a dislocated shoulder and damaged ligaments falling heavily in the sprint finish on Saturday and his rehabilitation following surgery is expected to take at least six weeks. Cavendish comments: ‘…at the moment all I can do is focus 100% of my effort on my recovery, to be able to get back racing as quickly as possible.’ In an oblique reference to the fact that Cavendish also caused him to crash, Orica-GreenEDGE’s Simon Gerrans Tweeted yesterday, ‘Well I certainly had some ups and downs the past 3 days racing in the UK, but it was an awesome experience all the same. #TDF’


Whilst Gerrans may have put the incident behind him, having accepted Cavendish’s apology, it’s potentially not the end of the matter with Norway’s Alexander Kristoff making his own views clear that it was a case of ‘crashing on purpose.’ Cavendish’s agent Simon Bayliff has suggested that they are considering legal action against the Team Katusha rider.



GreenEDGE Stunning Debut

Something of an Australian celebration is (probably still) going on ‘where the women glow and the men plunder’, with the UCI World Tour curtain raiser, the Santos Tour Down Under seeing a fairytale winner in the shape of local lad Simon Gerrans. The win was made all the more party worthy by the fact that his GreenEDGE Australian professional cycling team are a fledgling operation (Australia’s first pro outfit) taking their debut ride. Gerrans though is no stranger to success having previously won the Santos Tour Down Under in 2006 whilst riding for Ag2r Prevoyance; he wore the Ochre Leader’s Jersey in Stage 6 this year and, with the support of his GreenEdge team mates, did more than enough to be crowned the 2012 champion.


The final jersey winners for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under were:

Santos Ochre Leader’s Jersey – Simon Gerrans (GreenEDGE)

Jayco Sprint Jersey – Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling)

SKODA King of the Mountain – Rohan Dennis (UniSA – Australia)

Cycle Instead Young Rider – Rohan Dennis (UniSA – Australia)

Hindmarsh Most Aggressive Rider – Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Nissan)

Brilliant Blend Team – RadioShack-Nissan