Cavendish taken ill on eve of Qatar 2012 debut

Team docs unsure as to whether the world champ will start tomorrow

Team Sky issued a press release this morning indicating that reigning world champ Mark Cavendish has taken ill. He sat out this morning’s team training ride as a “precautionary measure” according to team medical staff. Cav was beginning to feel badly on the flight from London to Doha on Friday evening. Rod Ellingworth said that “it’s disappointing that Mark has fallen ill the day before his Team Sky debut. He felt fine when he boarded the plane last night but wasn’t 100% when he got off it.

“The team doctor assessed him last night, and again this morning, and everyone felt it was in his best interests not to ride with the others. Since then he’s been recovering in his hotel room and we’re doing everything we can to get him back on his feet again” Ellingworth said.

While no one on the team was certain as to whether Cav would make Sunday’s start, Ellingworth told reporters that “We’re still confident he will start the race but we’ll continue to monitor his health for the rest of today and make a decision on whether he will start the race at 10am local time on Sunday morning.”

Despite Ellingworth’s optimism, just a few hours ago, Cav tweeted the following:

“13hrs of sweat-drenched sleep hasn’t shifted a fever that started on the plane over here. Really not feeling well today. Can’t leave my bed.”