Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from next week's London Six Day event after only recently returning to training following a six-week lay-off with Epstein-Barr virus.
The 33-year-old was in August diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, commonly known as glandular fever, for a second time in 18 months, bringing a premature halt to his road season.
The 30-time Tour de France stage winner, a three-time Madison world champion on the track, returned to training earlier this week, but will not compete in the event, which is as much about entertainment as sport.
Cavendish wrote on Twitter: "Disappointed to say, after just 4 days training since recovering from my illness, I won't be riding @sixdaycycling London. Gutted. I'll be there supporting though. Always a great party."
Cavendish's future remains uncertain, as his contract with Team Dimension Data expires at the end of the calendar year and there is no news on who he will be riding for in 2019.
Cavendish has finished as London Six Day runner-up in the last two years - in 2016 with Sir Bradley Wiggins and in 2017 with Pete Kennaugh.
The Six Day event takes place at Lee Valley VeloPark, formerly known as the Olympic Velodrome, from October 23 to October 28.
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Mark Cavendish will return to race in Six Day London this October.
The 32-year-old former world champion has finished second in each of the past two editions, and has announced he will look to go one better at the Lee Valley VeloPark between October 23-28.
Cavendish teamed up with fellow Manxman Peter Kennaugh last year, narrowly missing out on the title to Australian pair Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson in a season otherwise ruined by illness and injury.
He has struggled with injury again this year, confirming last week he would miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games after suffering a second fractured rib in a crash at Milan-Sanremo.
But he intends to keep his promise to return to Six Day London again - with the goal of becoming the first British winner of the event since Tony Gowland partnered with Belgian Patrick Sercu in 1972. The event was not held between 1980 and 2014.
"Any Six Day is hard graft," the 30-time Tour de France stage winner said.
"It's mentally and physically exhausting. The crowd are amazing in London and really keep you going throughout the six days so I wanted to come back again for them.
"I am definitely in it to win it and I will give my all to give the crowd a home win. It won't be easy though, there's always a really strong field in London."
Mark Cavendish, the 30-times Tour de France stage winner, has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games following a crash at Milan-San Remo last weekend.
The 32-year-old was due to represent the Isle of Man on the Gold Coast, but after sustaining a broken rib and damaged ankle has adjusted his race schedule and will no longer be travelling to Australia.
Cavendish said: "Although it's ultimately positive news that there's been no serious damage sustained following the crash I am hugely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games."
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British rider Mark Cavendish suffered concussion and a whiplash injury following a crash which forced him to pull out of the Abu Dhabi Tour during the neutral zone on stage one.
The Manxman, who won the opening stage of last year's race, hit the deck shortly after setting off from Madinat Zayed.
The 32-year-old got back on his bike, but was forced to abandon soon after.
Cavendish's team Dimension Data confirmed in a post on their official Twitter feed that the British rider had fallen "on the same shoulder he broke last year" following a crash with Peter Sagan on stage four of the Tour de France.
A later medical update from team doctor Adrian Rotunno did not mention the shoulder and said there were no signs of a serious neck injury.
"Mark sustained a concussion and a whiplash injury after his crash today. Due to the concussion, we were not willing to risk rider safety and the call was made for Mark to stop the race," Rotunno said in a statement posted on their official website.
"A serious neck injury has been excluded in hospital. He currently has some concussive symptoms and neck pain, but is otherwise stable. We will monitor Mark's condition closely going forward."
Wednesday's crash happened ahead of the official start of the 189km opening stage between Madinat Zaya and Adnoc School.
Television replays showed the incident appeared to have been caused when the race director's car slowed down in front of the peloton, which resulted in a groups of riders behind having to brake sharply, with several then falling down.
Great Britain's Mark Cavendish took his first victory of the 2018 season, after winning stage three of the Dubai Tour on Thursday.
The Dimension Data rider claimed his first win since taking a stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour in February 2017.
Last season was severely hampered for Cavendish by bouts of illness and a crash during the Tour de France that lead him to quit the race because of a fractured shoulder.
Cavendish won the sprint finish ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and Marcel Kittel. Fellow British rider Adam Blythe finished fourth.
"There are so many good teams for sprinting here. I'm nowhere near the form I had in July but I'm happy with my form now." The Manxman said after the race.
"I still feel the consequences of my Tour de France crash in my body. It will remain for the rest of my life."
Mark Cavendish is set to race in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.
The 32-year-old Team Dimension Data rider, winner of 30 Tour de France stages, is due to attend Tuesday's route announcement in Halifax.
The Tour de Yorkshire has been expanded to four days for 2018, with the women's race to be staged over two days.
Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Ilkley, Richmond and Scarborough have been named as the locations for starts and finishes of the stages, with the full route to be unveiled at 11am.
The Tour de Yorkshire is a legacy event of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, when Manxman Cavendish was favourite to win the opening stage in his mother's home town of Harrogate, only to crash within sight of the finish line.
Yorkshire is due to host the 2019 World Road Championships, when Harrogate will serve as the main hub for race finishes.
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