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Cavendish recovering from bronchitis at Tour de France

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July 2, 2013, 14:35,
July 2, 2013, 16:35
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tour de France
Mark Cavendish in his new British Champion's kit

Mark Cavendish in his new British Champion's kit

  • Mark Cavendish in his new British Champion's kit
  • Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
  • Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
  • Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

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Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider just finished a round of antibiotics

Mark Cavendish has so far not been a factor in this Tour de France, and that is partially due to the fact that he is recovering from bronchitis. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider said that he just finished a round of antibiotics on Sunday.

“Yesterday I felt a little better than on Sunday,” he told “Unfortunately, last week I had to take antibiotics because of bronchitis and I just finished them on Sunday. I'm better now, although I'm still not 100 percent."

From here, he said he will take it one day at a time. Tuesday's team time trial is “a difficult test in which I hope to help the team. And then tomorrow we'll start to think ... further."

Cavendish, the newly-crowned British national road champion, was caught up by the mass crash on the first stage and finished only 58th on a stage which he had hoped to win and claim the race's first yellow jersey. He finished in the gruppetto in the last two stages and is now nearly 27 minutes down on race leader Jan Bakelants.


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wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
I don't think anyone cares how many minutes down he is, as long as he always makes the cut. As he has previously explained, he rode a different kind of race to win the national jersey, but in grand tours he must save himself for the sprint opportunities, as that's what he is paid to do. Illness and antibiotics do damage performance so I hope he's totally better and free of their effects in good time.
aqua lung More than 1 year ago
antibiotics for bronchitis? generally not effective/needed. wrinklyvet-how do antibiotics damage performance exactly??
tbulger More than 1 year ago
Speaking from experience antibiotics complicate training and racing because they kill the good bacteria in your gut which can impair the intake of nutrients from food. I went on a course of antibiotics after a crash (loss of dermis so no skin to protect from bugs getting in) and my red blood cell count went low
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
I agree with tbulger and have had similar experiences, though the antibiotics were prescribed for my chest, as with Cav. Also I understand that bronchitis can be caused by either a virus or bacteria, although viral bronchitis is much more common. If there is a chance it bacterial then antibiotics will certainly help. I don't think we can start second guessing. I'm not a doctor but as a patient I have found that some antibiotics cause less digestive problems than others. generally I think you feel "out of sorts" until the course is over and normal service is resumed, as it were!
chewi666 More than 1 year ago
Hope Cav gets better soon - must be frustrating trying to build up to the biggest race of the year and then get ill. Or even worse crashing out on one of the first few stages. He's going to have to get better pretty quick with the Pyrenees looming.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
If hear one more Cav excuse I am going to vomit. He's GREAT and the best sprinter presently riding and may end up best ever, but the excuse-making really doesn't do it for me.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
So you don't believe him?
James Alexander More than 1 year ago
I'm sure cav is recovering from bronchitis. But let's be honest, possible exception of a couple of lost points in the intermediate sprints, it's not affected his results so far. he crahed on stage 1 (bad luck) - he finished in the autobus stages 2 and 3 (normal for a sprinter on stages like that, same as e.g. greipel, kittel, kristoff) - he seemed fine in the TTT. Maybe kwiatowski missed out on the yellow jersey cos cav wasn't quite at 100% but for sure bronchitis-free cav wouldn't be currently toasting 3 stage wins and a commanding lead in the points comp..