Mark Cavendish said he had been "overwhelmed" by messages of support after suffering two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a crash at the Six Days of Ghent on Sunday.

The 36-year-old British cyclist was competing in the Madison when Olympic and world champion Lasse Norman Hansen crashed in front of him.

He then rode into the Dane's bike, sending him crashing to the floor.

After initial treatment, Cavendish was taken to hospital on a stretcher.

In a statement, Cavendish's team Deceuninck - Quick-Step said: "Examinations showed that Mark has suffered two broken ribs on this left side and has a small pneumothorax [collapsed lung], both of which have been treated with medication. He has been kept in the hospital for observation.

"It is expected that Mark will be discharged either later today or tomorrow morning, and will then undergo a period of recuperation."

Cavendish took to Twitter on Monday to thank fans for their "support" and "well-wishes".

"Six Days of Ghent didn't end the way we'd have preferred," he said.

"I'm being treated for some broken ribs and a pneumothorax. In a bit of pain but a couple of nights with the incredible staff here at Ghent by University Hospital should sort me out."

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