Mark Cavendish abandons Ruta del Sol 2021 after suffering from stomach problems

The Manxman failed to finish the third stage after being dropped early on

Mark Cavendish
(Image credit: Getty)

Mark Cavendish has abandoned the 2021 Ruta del Sol, his first race back in Europe after his four stage wins at the Tour of Turkey.

The Manxman quit the Spanish stage race the day before his 36th birthday, at the end of stage three, having dragged himself through a trio of hilly opening stages before two flat stages to conclude the five-stage race.

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