Already suffering from an ankle injury, Mark Cavendish‘s return to action has been further delayed after recent tests revealed that he is suffering from a virus.
A statement by Team Dimension Data read that the British sprint ace had infectious mononucleosis caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.
Team doctor Jarrad Van Zuydam said Cavendish had been experiencing some unexplained fatigue during training.
“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 two weeks,” said Van Zuydam.
The team confirmed that Cavendish’s main goal for the year remained the Tour de France.
In this video you will get to meet the bicycle that the Dimension Data rider used in the 2016 Tour de France: