Mark Cavendish clears Epstein-Barr threshold for first time in two years

11 May 2019 06:03
Mark Cavendish said in California on Friday that a blood test two weeks ago showed he is below the threshold for being sick with Epstein-Barr, the virus that has plagued the Dimension Data sprinter for the past two years. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Amgen Tour of California, which starts Sunday in Sacramento, Cavendish said his body has been responding well to training and he will be challenging for race wins once again. Cavendish has just 26 race days in his legs so far this season after lackluster performances at Vuelta a San Juan and the UAE Tour and then abandoning Paris-Nice. The 33-year-old returned to racing at the Tour of Turkey last month and most recently competed in the Tour de Yorkshire, where his best result was eighth on stage 1.ADVERTISEMENT “Normally I would have had a lot of racing by now, but the last couple of years I haven’t done much early in the year because I’ve been sick, but now I’m finally healthy again and I feel human after a couple of years,” Cavendish said. “I’m actually able to build on my form now. I always like to come to the Amgen Tour of California in top condition in May. I’m not quite in top condition, but I’m fortunate that especially this first stage in Sacramento; I’ve won it three times. I know the finish really well.” Cavendish was first diagnosed with Epstein-Barr in early 2017, but he took a break from racing again last season after he was re-diagnosed with the illness. Now he believes the virus that causes mononucleosis has been beat, at least for the time being. Message for Kittel You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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