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Cavendish pulls out of Tour de France

The Associated Press

Stage winner Britain’s Mark Cavendish celebrates on the podium after the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

The Associated Press BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the Tour de France after winning four stages.

Team Dimension Data made the announcement Tuesday on the race’s second and final rest day, with five stages remaining.

Cavendish is preparing to race on the track at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he will be competing in the omnium event.

The British sprinter says that “after an extremely enjoyable and successful couple of weeks ... it is with great sadness that I took the decision today to leave the race.”

Cavendish would have been a contender to win the final stage Sunday on the Champs-Elysees.

He wore the race leader’s yellow jersey for the first time after winning the opening stage at Utah Beach, Normandy.

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