Cavendish suffers “small pneumothorax” in Belgian competition

BRUSSELS (AP) – British cyclist Mark Cavendish broke two ribs and suffered a “minor pneumothorax” in a fall at a track competition in Belgium, his team said Monday.

Cavendish spent Sunday night at Ghent University Hospital following the incident at the Ghent Six Days.

“Examinations showed that Mark has suffered two left bow rib fractures and a small pneumothorax, which have been treated with medication, and has remained in the hospital for observation,” the team said. “Mark is expected to be discharged today or tomorrow morning, and then go through a recovery period.”

The 36-year-old Cavendish has enjoyed a return to the front row this season, equaling Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage wins in July.

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