Mark Cavendish: I don’t remember what it’s like to feel normal anymore

After two seasons blighted by illness and injury, Mark Cavendish said that he’s forgotten what it feels like to be normal but the Manxman is happy to be racing again.

After starting his 2019 season at the Vuelta a San Juan, Cavendish is continuing his comeback with Dimension Data this week at the UAE Tour. Prior to San Juan, Cavendish had not raced since the RideLondon Surrey-Classic at the end of July, following further problems with Epstein Barr virus. The Manxman was been forced to miss much of the opening part of the 2017 season due to the virus. He also affected by crashes at three consecutive races at the start of last season – which also left him with a concussion, then the Epstein Barr virus forced him to take further time away.

Cavendish said that the multiple setbacks had been frustrating and suggested that a misdiagnosis by doctors had added to his woes.

“I don’t really remember what it’s like to feel normal any more after misdiagnoses of being sick for two years,” Cavendish said at the team presentation for the UAE Tour in Abu Dhabi.

“I can just try, that’s all I do, the UAE Tour gives a perfect opportunity for a week-long race and it just happens to be in a place that I love being. At least I can do it and if things are bad I’m still happy.

“Your health is the most important thing. My family is healthy at home and I can just try and get back on it. It’s frustrating because it’s not my fault. It was a mess-up with the doctors, who should have known better, but what can you do?”

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