Cavendish undergoes shoulder surgery after missing worlds

PARIS (AP) British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish has undergone surgery on his left shoulder following a crash that ruled him out of the road cycling world championships.

Cavendish, who won the road race world title in 2011, injured his left shoulder when he crashed during stage six of the Tour of Britain on Sept. 11.

Cavendish’s team, Etixx-Quick-Step, said in a statement on Monday that the surgery was successful and that the ”Manx Missile” would not return to competition before next season.

Cavendish said he decided to have surgery ”to avoid any problems in the near future.”

Last year at the Tour de France, Cavendish had to pull out of the race with ruptured ligaments in his right shoulder.