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Mark Cavendish ends 2018 season before London Six Day

Joe Robinson
17 Oct 2018

Just four days of training prevents Cavendish from taking to the wooden boards of the Lee Valley velodrome

As he continues his slow recovery from Epstein-Barr virus, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has announced he will be unable to race the London Six Day at the end of the October, bringing an end to his 2018 season.

Via a video message, the 33-year-old commented that 'after just four days of training since recovering from my illness, I won't be riding the London Six Days', and that despite feeling a lot healthier he would be 'in no condition' to race the multi-day track event. 

Cavendish then added that he is 'disappointed' not to race but will still be in attendance to offer his support to fellow riders.

 

This brings an end to what has been an extremely difficult season for the Manxman and has produced only a solitary win, Stage 3 of the Dubai Tour back in early February. 

The Dimension Data rider suffered three consecutive crashes in three consecutive races - Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo - which ruled him out of racing from March to early May.

He then returned to the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of California in preparation before the Tour de France in July.

Cavendish raced the first 10 stages before finishing outside of the time cut on the mountainous Stage 11 route from Albertville to La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo, which saw him ejected from the race.

He then raced the RideLondon-Surrey Classic at the end of that month before announcing he aimed to target the Tour of Britain

These plans were scuppered, however, as medical tests showed he was still suffering from Epstein-Barr virus, prompting doctors to advise an indefinite break from the bike to recover, with the rider commenting at the time 'this season I’ve not felt physically myself and despite showing good numbers on the bike I have felt that there’s been something not right.

'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.'

Cavendish was then given the all-clear by doctors to return to his bike earlier this month but, with just four days of training in his legs, there was not sufficient time to prepare ahead of the London Six Day that begins on Tuesday 23rd October.