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Mark Cavendish out with bronchitis

Updated: June 25, 2014, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Sprint star Mark Cavendish is skipping this weekend's British national championships so he can clear up a bout of bronchitis before the start of the Tour de France.

Cavendish, the reigning champion, said in a statement issued by his Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team Wednesday that he regretted not being able to defend his jersey Sunday in Wales.

The Tour de France begins July 5 in Leeds, the first of three stages taking place in Britain.

Cavendish enters this year's tour ...

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