Mark Cavendish non-starter at Three Days of De Panne due to sickness

Updated: Mark Cavendish still suffering from stomach complaint that saw him miss Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday

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

Mark Cavendish had to skip the Three Days of De Panne in Belgium today due to the lingering effects of a fever. Instead, team Omega Pharma's captain travels back home to England to recover.

"He told me that he wanted to race but he couldn't even sit up and had to stay into his bed," sports director Wilfried Peeters told Cycling Weekly. "He decided to stay in bed until noon and then take his car to head back home."

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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.