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Latest update : 2008-07-20

At the doorstep of the Alps, four-time stage winner Mark Cavendish has announced he will pull out of the Tour de France. The British cyclist said he is suffering from fatigue following two weeks of intense racing.

 

Quadruple stage winner Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour de France prior to the 15th stage, the first of three days in the Alps here Sunday, according to his Columbia team.

Cavendish has been one of the stars of the July 5-27 race so far, winning four bunch sprints to set a new British record for stage wins in a single edition.

The 23-year-old from the Isle of Man is said to be suffering fatigue following two tough weeks of racing.

Cavendish missed out on disputing a bunch sprint for the first time in the race when he was dropped on the small climb 10km from the finish line of Saturday's 14th stage, won by sprint rival Oscar Freire.

Cavendish is now likely to set his sights on the Olympic Games, where he will compete for Britain in track cycling's Madison - an event in which he is reigning world champion with Bradley Wiggins.
   

Date created : 2008-07-20