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Cavendish to miss Commonwealth Games with injury

Mark Cavendish will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and faces around six weeks out following his Tour de France-ending crash on stage one in Harrogate last Saturday.

Cavendish crashes in Harrogate

The 29-year-old from the Isle of Man ruptured all ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint and a separated shoulder as he sought a first yellow jersey of his career, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team has confirmed.

"The surgery to stabilize the AC joint will take place on Wednesday, July 9," the Belgian squad said in a statement.

"The recovery time after the surgery will be around six weeks."

It means the Manxman will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Marcel Kittel celebrates Tour De France stage win

Marcel Kittel celebrates winning Stage 3 of the Tour De France in London. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Marcel Kittel celebrated outside Buckingham Palace after winning the final English stage of the 2014 Tour de France from Cambridge to London.

In a sprint to line the Giant Shimano rider just beat the Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan to win the stage.

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Tour de France crowds gather at Buckingham Palace

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Tour de France topiary in London

Tour de France themed topiary has been revealed in St James's Park as the nation's capital prepares to welcome the world's most famous cycle race.

Figures of cyclists stand in St James's Park to celebrate the Tour de France coming to London. Credit: PA

The peleton is expected to arrive in the heart of the capital around four o'clock this afternoon.

An estimated 2.5 million people watched the opening two stages in Yorkshire following the Grand Depart in Leeds on Saturday.

Read: ITV Sport's Tour de France coverage

Tour de France topiary can be spotted in St James's Park as the capital excitedly prepares for the world's most famous cycle race. Credit: PA
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