Cavendish "nervous" in Tirreno as he continues to fight virus

"If it was any other time of year, I wouldn't have even started here," says Manx sprinter

Mark Cavendish at the Etixx training camp in 2015

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish completed the opening time trial of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race today despite suffering the after-effects of a stomach virus he picked in South Africa last week.

He admitted he feels "nervous" with the illness striking at a crucial time in the season, with less than two weeks to go until Milan-San Remo.

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