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Mark Cavendish suffers from infectious mononucleosis
Apr 12 2017 02:03 pm CET

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Mark CAVENDISH

Mark Cavendish has been diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis caused by the Epstein Barr virus. The rider of Dimension Data will stay away from racing longer than expected.

The Briton was recovering from an overuse ankle injury, which left him out of the cobbled and the Ardennes classics, and now will take more time to bounce back from the virus.

"Mark has been experiencing some unexplained fatigue during training," said the team doctor Jarrad Van Zuydam. "Recent blood analysis has revealed him to have infectious mononucleosis caused by the Epstein Barr Virus. Unfortunately, there is no effective specific treatment against the virus but rest will be required to aid his recovery.

"His training load and symptoms will be monitored very carefully and he will make a gradual, step-wise return to full training and racing. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of when we can expect him back at full fitness but we are hopeful of a significant improvement of his symptoms over the next 2 week," he added.

The main objective of the Isle of Man rider for the current season is the Tour de France and the team remains confident in a full recovery in time for the start of the French race.
Photo of Mark Cavendish by Jens Herrndorff for Team Dimension Data.





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