MARK CAVENDISH will miss the Tour of Britain after being instructed to take a break from the bike.
His staff, Dimension Knowledge, confirmed he has been instructed to relaxation up, however SunSport understands it’s not long-term — and he hopes to be again as quickly as potential.
The Manx Missile, 33, rode the Tour de France final month however missed the cut-off throughout a mountain stage.
However he right now revealed he has been making an attempt to coach whereas carrying Epstein-Barr virus, which causes glandular fever.
The Isle of Man speedster had beforehand been identified with the energy-sapping virus final 12 months, however he isn’t planning on being off the bike long-term.
Cavendish stated: “This season I’ve not felt bodily myself and regardless of displaying good numbers on the bike I’ve felt that there’s been one thing not proper.
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“Given this and on the back of these medical results, I’m glad to now finally have some clarity as to why I haven’t been able to perform at my optimum level during this time.
“Having received expert medical advice as a result of the findings I’ve been advised to take a period of total rest in order to fully recover.
“I’m now looking forward to taking the time necessary in order to get back to 100 per cent fitness before then returning to racing again at peak physical condition.
“I’d like to thank everyone for the incredible support I’ve received and I look forward to seeing you all out on the road again soon.”
Cavendish last rode at Prudential RideLondon a month ago and bowed out of the Tour de France the week before — after failing to make the time cut, along with a host of other sprint specialists in brutal mountain stages.
The 30-time Tour stage winner was given plaudits for finishing the stage though, despite knowing he would be eliminated, such is the esteem in which he holds the race.
His wife Peta exclusively revealed to The Sun how he had left her with their five-day-old child Casper to prepare for the Tour.
She said: “Mark had missed a time cut in the Tour de France, meaning he was out of the race and would be coming home two weeks early.
“He was devastated. He had left to continue his preparations for that one race when our new baby was just five days old.
“Mark was away for more than a month, but it seemed like the sacrifice was worth nothing.
“Why are we having such bad luck?”
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