Mark Cavendish abandons Paris-Nice whilst still working towards full fitness following virus

The Manxman was forced to stop after a 'challenging two days'

Mark Cavendish speaking at the UAE Tour press conference (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Mark Cavendish abandoned Paris-Nice during Monday's 163 kilometre stage two, with his Dimension Data team citing a 'challenging two days' and a need to 'work his way back towards full fitness' as the motivation.

The 33-year-old has been rebuilding his form after an enforced break from training and racing, following diagnosis of the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes glandular fever.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.