The Guardian: According to The Guardian, Mark Cavendish has confirmed that he was filming with the BBC on Mount Etna during an out-of-competition drug test. Disciplinary action is not enforced until a racer misses three tests, so he doesn’t expect any repercussions for missing the test.
The performance director of Team Sky, Dave Brailsford stated that, “There is absolutely no doubt about Mark’s integrity. I am totally satisfied that he made a genuine mistake. He is tested regularly and is a powerful advocate for testing and ensuring that sport is clean.”
Earlier Friday, Gregory Bauge was stripped of his world titles due to out-of-competition testing infringement, and the French team’s world title was annulled due to his participation in the win.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Cavendish missed the test due to an error made by his assistant. “It was my mistake,” said Cavendish. I was with a film crew for the BBC and Giro d’Italia on Mount Etna. It was a simple, genuine administrative error. Of course I totally understand the importance of testing in sport.”