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Mark Cavendish out of Three Days of La Panne

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AFP / Yuzuru Sunada

Mark Cavendish on Tuesday announced he had pulled out of Belgium’s Three Days of La Panne race due to an upset stomach. The Isle of Man sprinter fell ill with gastroenteritis following his fifth-placed finish at Milan-San Remo and withdrew from last Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Cavendish. “Sunday I felt better, and I was able to train well, but Sunday night I was sick again and had diarrhea. I decided to come to the race anyway, hoping that the situation would improve, but I started vomiting and having diarrhea again last night, at about 2 a.m. I’m in no shape to start, especially because I can’t eat or drink anything. After Sanremo I wanted to continue to get some good results and ride well both at Gent-Wevelgem and here at the Driedaagse. It really is a big disappointment not to be able to race.

The La Panne race starts Tuesday with the opening 201km stage between La Panne and Zottegem.