Mark Cavendish withdraws from Gent-Wevelgem one-day race with viral infection
Last Updated: 29/03/14 3:11pm
Mark Cavendish has been forced to pull out of the Gent-Wevelgem one-day race because of a viral infection.
The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step rider has been struggling since with the virus since midweek, just a few days after placing fifth at Milan-San Remo.
Cavendish said: "Already on Wednesday I didn't feel well, but I went out on my bike. I went out yesterday again, but after an hour I had muscle pain and couldn't keep going.
"I went home at about 15 kilometers per hour. I couldn't go any faster and I spent the rest of the day on my bed. Today my situation was a little bit better, but not enough to jump on my bike and train.
"I am a little bit disappointed because I was really motivated for Gent-Wevelgem. It's a race I have never won. But there is nothing to do now other than recover."
Belgian Iljo Keisse will replace Cavendish in the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step line-up on Sunday.