Ian Stannard taking no chances as he opts out of Ghent-Wevelgem with illness

The Brit is fully focused on being fit for the Monument Tour of Flanders next Sunday (April 3), so will skip the Ghent-Wevelgem

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Team Sky's Ian Stannard went to the start of Ghent-Wevelgem this morning, but decided against participating due to a cold. The team says that he has a sore throat and slight fever and hopes he rebounds quickly for the Tour of Flanders next Sunday.

Stannard placed third in the E3 Harelbeke behind teammate Michal Kwiatkowski two days ago Friday. Today, he stepped off the black bus and into a team car while his remaining seven team-mates mounted their carbon bikes. He returned to the team's hotel in Kortrijk to recover.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.