Cavendish out of Gent-Wevelgem race

Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem race in Belgium because of a viral infection.

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider, who

finished fifth

in the Milan-San Remo race on Sunday, began feeling ill on Wednesday and pulled out on Friday.

The Manxman, 28, said: “I went out on my bike but after an hour I had muscle pain and couldn’t keep going.

“I’m disappointed. It is a race I’ve never won but there’s nothing to do now other than recover.”


finishing third in Friday’s E3 Harelbeke,

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas will feature in Sunday’s 200km race.

Fellow Britons David Millar (Garmin), Alex Dowsett (Movistar) Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard (both Team Sky), Scott Thwaites and Jonathan McEvoy (both Team NetApp Endura) are also competing in the second of

seven one-day ‘Spring Classic’ races.

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