Ill Cavendish withdraws from La Panne cycling race
Britain's Mark Cavendish sprints before the finish line at the end of the 32 km individual time-trial and seventeenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Embrun and Chorges on July 17, 2013 - by Pascal Guyot
The Isle of Man sprinter fell ill with gastroenteritis following his fifth-placed finish at Milan-San Remo and withdrew from last Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem.
"I'm really disappointed," Cavendish, whose race programme will be re-evaluated, said in a statement released by his Omega-Pharma QuickStep.
"I'm in no shape to start, especially because I can't eat or drink anything.
"After San Remo I wanted to continue to get some good results and ride well both at Gent-Wevelgem and here."
The La Panne race starts Tuesday with the opening 201km stage between La Panne and Zottegem.