Mark Cavendish will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after being told his shoulder injury, sustained in the opening day of the Tour de France, requires surgery.
The 29-year-old crashed out at the climax of stage one in Harrogate and further tests in London confirmed he faces surgery, ruling him out of action for up to six weeks.
A statement from his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team said: “The results underlined the need for surgery after it was confirmed that all ligaments around the AC-joint were ruptured and the shoulder separated.
“The surgery to stabilise the AC joint will take place on Wednesday. The recovery time after the surgery will be around six weeks.”
Cavendish said: “It’s worse than I was hoping, but immediately after the crash I knew something was really wrong.
“It is really painful, but at the moment all I can do is focus 100% of my effort on my recovery to be able to get back racing for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step as quickly as possible.”
Although Cavendish admitted fault for the collision involving Simon Gerrans, the Manxman is now considering legal action after coming under fire from a fellow professional.
Alexander Kristoff accused Cavendish of losing his head in the sprint and causing the crash on purpose.
He told cyclingnews.com: “It’s not the first time he’s done this. At 60 kilometres an hour it’s really dangerous and you can injure people, so it’s not nice of him.
“In an uphill sprint you lose a bit of control sometimes.”
The Isle of Man rider’s agent, Simon Bayliff, responded to Kristoff’s claims saying that Cavendish was “shocked and angry” at the comments.
He said: “I would normally say it’s best just to let some things go, but this is libellous and we are considering legal action.”