Former british World road race champion Mark Cavendish has announced he will be taking an indefinite break from the sport to illness after medical tests have shown the presence of the Epstein-Barr virus in his body.
The 33 year old has been struggling with fitness this season having stated previously he wasn’t feeling himself at times which has lead to him under preforming in major events, such has his early elimination from this years Tour de France for finishing outside of the time limit.
Cavendish was first diagnosed with the condition EBV which can cause Glandular fever back in April 2017, however he returned to training soon afterwards and competed in the Tour of Slovenia only two months later. Since then he has had a number of injuries from breaking his collar bone during a crash whilst racing in last years Tour de France, before two other crashes saw him withdraw from this years Commonwealth games in April.
On the announcement by his Dimension Data team off his current set back the three time Gold medallist at the indoor World Championships and Olympic silver medallist at the 2016 Rio games said;
“This season I've not felt physically myself, despite showing good numbers on the bike I have felt that there's been something not right.
“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.”
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