Fabian Cancellara's hopes of wearing pink at the Giro d'Italia suffer a setback

Fabian Cancellara is struck down with a fever the day before the Giro d'Italia's 'Big Start' in Apeldoorn

Fabian Cancellara at the 2016 Strade Bianche (Watson)

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Fabian Cancellara may not be in contention for the win on Friday's 9.8km time trial to start the Giro d'Italia, with the Swiss rider revealing he's been struck down with a fever just one day before the race.

Wearing the maglia rosa was one of Cancellara's main goals in his final season, but the the seven-time monument winner will reportedly spend all of Thursday in bed trying to shake his illness ahead of Friday's first stage.

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