Mark Cavendish is already at home. The sprinter from Dimension Data came to Wednesday’s fall in the opening stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi and ran a slight concussion and whiplash. Saturday he got the green light from the teamdokter to home.
Cavendish crashed in the neutralised zone of the favourites. The Brit jumped still on his bike, but had to five kilometres later stop. He was transferred to the hospital and there were a concussion and whiplash set. Cavendish still had a few days of headaches and neck pain and should therefore not immediately return home. He stayed in the hotel of the team.
“Saturday, he got the green light from the doctor,” said sports director Rolf Aldag of Team Dimension Data for the start of the final stage in the Tour of Abu Dhabi. “He had no more headaches and if so, the plane. With a concussion you need to be careful, you should not be too quick your ordinary life to resume. Now he left for home. There he can continue to rest and fully recover. I expect that Monday he called again to train, the lights on the reels, or may already be on the road. He should not be too early to resume.”
It is expected that Cavendish ordinary program can drive. In concrete terms, he would then start in the Tirreno-Adriatico (7-13 march), then is he of the party in Milan-Sanremo (17 march).