Mark Cavendish takes break from cycling with illness

FILE - In this Thursday, July 5, 2018 file photo, Britain's sprinter Mark Cavendish listens during the Tour de France cycling race team presentation in La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendee region, France, ahead of Saturday's start of the race. Mark Cavendish will take an indefinite break from cycling after being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus for the second time in his career. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

LONDON — Mark Cavendish will take an indefinite break from cycling after being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus for the second time.

The British sprinter has won 30 Tour de France stages, putting him second in the all-time list, but last won a stage in 2016 and did not finish this year's race.

Cavendish says "I'm glad to now finally have some clarity as to why I haven't been able to perform at my optimum level."

In a statement issued by his Dimension Data team, he adds that he has "been advised to take a period of total rest in order to fully recover."

Cavendish was first diagnosed last year with Epstein-Barr, which can cause fatigue and inflammation in various parts of the body.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

People also read these

Sydney rain forces changes in Cal, Hawaii...

Aug 25, 2016

Heavy rainfall in Sydney over 12 hours into early Thursday morning forced changes to the practice...

Astros keep up playoff push with victory over Cubs

Sep 11, 2016

Houston rookie Alex Bregman continued his hot streak with a homer that helped the Astros beat the...

Valeri Liukin national team coordinator for USA...

Sep 16, 2016

USA Gymnastics didn't look far for to find Martha Karolyi's successor as the leader of its...

Formula 1's debt-ridden Manor Racing go into...

Jan 6, 2017

The operating company of Manor Racing was placed in administration on Friday, putting in major...

San Diego Chargers are no more after leaving for...

Jan 12, 2017

The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams...

About Us

The World Insiders brings you exclusive coverage from across the globe in a timely, easy to consume format sourced directly from our regional media partners.

Contact us: sales[at]theworldinsiders.com

Subscribe Now!