Cavendish to be eased back after glandular fever blow
Mark Cavendish has been diagnosed with glandular fever and a date for his return to racing is not yet known. The 30-time Tour de France stage winner has not raced since the Milan-San Remo one-day race on March 18.
Initially his absence was attributed to pain in his right ankle, due to overuse.
Now Team Dimension Data have announced the Manxman has also been suffering "unexplained fatigue" and analysis of a recent blood sample diagnosed his illness.
A team statement said: "Recent blood work has revealed that Mark Cavendish suffers from infectious mononucleosis caused by the Epstein-Barr virus."
Infectious mononucleosis is also known as glandular fever.
With the Tour once again Cavendish's primary objective for the year, he will have a gradual return to action ahead of the July 1 start in Dusseldorf, concluding in Paris on July 23, with Cavendish bidding to move closer to Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins.