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CAVENDISH WITHDRAWS FROM EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the European Championships on medical advice.

The Manxman's participation in the Tour de France was cut short when he finished outside the time limit on stage 11 last month.

Cavendish admitted injuries would prevent him from returning to the peak of his powers before he failed to add to his tally of 30 Tour stage wins in pursuit of Eddy Merckx's record of 34.

The 33-year-old withdrew from the Commonwealth Games this year due to damage done in a Milan-San Remo crash and has now pulled out of the road race in Glasgow on Sunday, Mark Christian replacing him in the Great Britain team.

"It's incredibly disappointing to have to withdraw from the Great Britain cycling team competing in Glasgow. Being selected to compete for my country is a huge honour and I had been looking forward to racing with the team," the Team Dimension Data rider said.

"However, given what's been a challenging few months in terms of aiming to sufficiently recover from some unfortunate injuries in time to compete I've been advised that at this stage the best thing is for me to withdraw from Sunday's race.

"I wish the entire team all the very best for the race and I'll be cheering on with the rest of the country."

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