Cavendish will not defend his British National Road Championship

Jun 25, 2014
Category: Races 

Apparently the only thing that can slow the fastest man on two wheels is bronchitis. Reigning British champion and two-time 2014 Amgen Tour of California stage winner Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) will not defend his throne at this Sunday’s British National Road Championship due to the virus in his chest that he picked up during the Tour de Suisse. Instead, Cav will rest and recover to make sure he is healthy ahead of the Tour de France Grand Depart on July 5 on UK soil.

"I'm sad because as current champion, I would really like to defend the title. I would have liked to honor the race and this jersey that I wore for all of 2014 so far, which allowed me to represent my country proudly. I think it's wiser, however, to not take any risks and focus on absolute 100 percent recovery, and continue to train in function of the Tour de France. I talked with the race organizers and they understood my situation perfectly. I wish them well and also wish good luck to all riders at the race on Sunday trying to fight for this jersey I've been so proud to wear," said Cavendish, who will be supported fully by Omega Pharma Quick-Step in pursuit of stage wins at the grandest tour of them all.