Cavendish pulls out of Tirreno-Adriatico

After a morning when several high profile names pulled out pre-race, British rider Mark Cavendish became the latest withdrawal from Tirreno-Adriatico as the race's penultimate stage reached its midway point in Italy. The 26-year-old had won stage two on Thursday but decided to give himself some extra preparation time ahead of a big target this weekend.

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