Mark Cavendish out of Ghent-Wevelgem after illness

Omega Pharma-QuickStep confirms that Mark Cavendish will not start Sunday's Ghent-Wevelgem after suffering from fever

Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Cavendish, Tirreno-Adriatico 2014, stage six

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish's will not start Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday after suffering from a fever, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team confirmed on Friday evening.

Possibly due to a cold and wet Milan-San Remo, where he finished fifth, he spent 18 hours in bed with a fever.

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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.