Cavendish and Renshaw confirmed for Tirreno-Adriatico despite illness

Mark Cavendish and lead-out man Mark Renshaw both in Etixx-Quick-Step line-up for the stage race, as is GC contender Rigoberto Uran

Mark Cavendish in leader's jersey after stage one TTT, Tirreno-Adriatico 2014

Mark Cavendish will compete at Tirreno-Adriatico this week despite picking up an illness in South Africa, Etixx-Quick-Step have confirmed, and will also be joined by Mark Renshaw, who suffered from the same virus as the British sprinter.

The pair picked up the stomach bug after visiting South Africa last weekend for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, but will line-up at the start of the week-long race in an Etixx team built for taking both stage wins and a shot at the GC.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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