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by Shane Stokes
May 18, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia
Following on from this week’s statement by Team Dimension Data’s Performance Manager Rolf Aldag that Mark Cavendish was not guaranteed to ride the Tour de France due to his recovery from illness, the rider himself spoke about his uncertain timeline on Wednesday.
Cavendish was in attendance at the start of stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia in Florence and spoke about dealing with Epstein Barr Virus, also known as glandular fever. “I don’t feel ill, I just feel a bit unfit. It’s been a long time off the bike. Some days I feel on top of the world, some days I don’t, but at least I’m riding my bike and that’s the main thing,” he said, according to Sky Sports.
Echoing Aldag, he said that there was uncertainty about his programme due to his illness. “I can’t put a definitive time on when I’m back. It could be 10 days, it could be one year,” he said. “I really don’t know. But I’ll just keep riding and see.
“I’ve been watching the Giro and Tour of California on TV, that’s all I can do, watch TV. I can’t do anything else except ride. It’s kind of difficult but to come and see my friends and team-mates and the guys at the start today, it’s been real nice.”
Even if Cavendish isn’t racing, his visit to the race was a boost to the team. Hours later, Omar Fraile roared to success, notching up the squad’s first-ever Giro stage victory.
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