Mark Cavendish abandons Ruta del Sol with stomach problems

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Mark Cavendish's recent resurgence suffered a setback on Thursday as he abandoned the Ruta del Sol with stomach problems.

The 36-year-old, who won four stages at the recent Tour of Turkey, did not finish Thursday's stage 3, a hilly route culminating with a summit finish on the Puerto de Onsares. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.