Cavendish Pulled From Season Closer

Last updated : 14 October 2011 By Kev Monks

UCI World Road Race champion Mark Cavendish will not end his HTC Highroad career in the final European race of the season tomorrow.

Cavendish, who confirmed his move to Team Sky for 2012 and beyond on Tuesday, has now withdrawn from the Giro di Lombardia in Italy.

This is a 241km race from Milan to Lecco on the south east part of Lake Como, a new venue for the race now in its 106th year.

The course will see a number of climbs including the Valcava near Bergamo and the Colma di Sormano both will test the riders before the sprint finish.

Even without Cavendish, there is still a strong field which includes Ireland's Nicholas Roche who finished fifth in the Giro di Piemonte on Thursday, Steve Cummings in his last race for Team Sky, Daneil Lloyd at Garmin with Danny Martin and Irishman Phil Deignan who rides for Radio Shack.

As well as the Brits and Irish riders, other strong contenders are Philippe Gilbert, Paris-Tours winner Greg Van Avermaet, Sammy Sanchez, Sandy Casar, Damiano Cunego and Sylvain Chavanel.