WATCH: Mark Cavendish escapes serious injury following frightening crash
Mark Cavendish has avoided serious injury in a frightening crash late in Saturday's Milan-Sanremo race.
The 32-year-old, who has been plagued by bad luck for over a year, struck a bollard on the approach to the climb of the Poggio with a little under 10 kilometres of the 294km race remaining.
Cavendish was sent flying through the air and landed on his back, but Team Dimension Data's doctor Jarrad van Zuydam indicated on Twitter that he escaped serious injury.
"Yes, Cav is okay," Van Zuydam wrote. "No serious injuries, details to follow from the team. He even managed to preserve his sense of humour."
Cavendish had been surprisingly well placed at the time of the incident, given that the 2009 winner had said before the race started that he was there to help his team-mates as he was carrying a fractured rib following a crash on the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico last week.
He has already missed time this season after a crash on the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour left him with concussion.
And this comes on the back of a 2017 season which was wrecked by illness and injury as he was sidelined for the first half of the year with a virus and did not race again after a crash on stage four of the Tour de France.
The race was won by Italy's Vincenzo Nibali after the Bahrain-Merida rider put in a perfectly-timed attack on the Poggio and held off a frantically-chasing pack on the Via Roma.