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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tour of Missouri: Cavendish is out

British sprinting ace Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) is out of the Tour of Missouri. He did not make the start this afternoon of Stage 4 from St. James to Rolla.

According to a statement by Columbia-HTC's Bob Stapleton posted on the Tour of Missouri Web site, Cavendish had been fighting an infection since coming to the United States and that it had spread to his lungs.

"He has had a long and successful season and it is a team priority that his general health be protected," Stapleton's statement said. "He is on antibiotics and will rest here in Missouri for a few days prior to returning to Europe."

Cavendish's withdrawal will be a disappointment to lots of cycling fans were were excited about the duel between him and yellow jersey holder Thor Hushovd. Hushovd and Cavendish had the same time going into Stage 4, but Hushovd took over the jersey from Cavendish because his results in the first three stages were better.


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Roger 1 comments links to this post 2:21 PM

And to think he did so well even with the infection that started before the race - amazing!

I finally put up a few TDF photos on my blog.

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