Mark Cavendish picks up illness in South Africa

Mark Cavendish reports he suffered from a virus while in South Africa for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, as he is still due to start Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday

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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) suffered an illness while attending the Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa last week, placing doubts on his form going into this week's Tirreno-Adriatico, and Milan-San Remo on March 22.

Cavendish took the long trip to South Africa to take part in the Cape Town race on Sunday, March 8 with team-mate Mark Renshaw. Renshaw placed fourth behind defending champion Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu) in a race shortened due to recent forest fires in the area.

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