Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) has withdrawn from the British team for Sunday’s world championship road race in Mendrisio. The 24-year old has failed to recover from the illness that forced him to pull out of the recent Tour of Missouri, after winning the opening two stages, and has decided to remain at his Italian base in Quaratta.
Ian Stannard (ISD-Neri) has been named in the nine-man British team instead of Cavendish. Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) and Chris Froome (Barloworld) will contest Thursday’s time trial, with Wiggins also opting out of the road race.
Jonny Bellis, the British rider who is also based in Quaratta – and a friend of Cavendish’s from the Isle of Man – remains in a stable condition in hospital following his motor scooter crash on Friday.
The full British team for the road race is: Stephen Cummings (Barloworld), Russ Downing (Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta), Chris Froome (Barloworld), Roger Hammond (Cervélo Test Team), Dan Lloyd (Cervélo Test Team), David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream), Ian Stannard (ISD-Neri), Ben Swift (Team Katusha) and Geraint Thomas (Barloworld).
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