Mark Cavendish to take time out from racing after Epstein-Barr diagnosis

Medical tests showed the Manxman had been riding with the virus over recent months

Mark Cavendish crosses the line outside the time cut on stage 11 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Mark Cavendish will take a spell away from racing after being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus, his Dimension Data team have said.

Cavendish has had a difficult time during the 2018 season, suffering several crashes in early season races including Milan-San Remo, before missing the time cut on the stage to La Rosière and being eliminated from the Tour de France.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).