Britain’s Mark Cavendish taking period of total rest from cycling due to illness

'I’ve not felt myself'

The Tour de France sprint star has been struggling for some time

Mark Cavendish is to take an indefinite break from cycling after contracting the Epstein-Barr virus.

The British rider has been told to take a period of total rest and will not return to training with his Dimension Data team until he has fully recovered.

Cavendish said: “This season I’ve not felt physically myself and despite showing good numbers on the bike I have felt that there’s been something not right.

“Given this and on the back of these medical results, I’m glad to now finally have some clarity as to why I haven’t been able to perform at my optimum level during this time.

“Having received expert medical advice as a result of the findings I’ve been advised to take a period of total rest in order to fully recover.

“I’m now looking forward to taking the time necessary in order to get back to 100% fitness before then returning to racing again at peak physical condition.

“I’d like to thank everyone for the incredible support I’ve received and I look forward to seeing you all out on the road again soon.”

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