Reuters - Wed, 31 Mar 12:05:00 2010
Briton Mark Cavendish will skip the Giro d'Italia and ride the Tour of California instead, according to his HTC-Columbia team.
Cavendish, who won four stages in last year's Giro and six in the Tour de France, has had the start of his season hampered by dental problems.
"Infections resulting from dental work in December undermined his training and delayed his start of the season," HTC-Columbia team manager Bob Stapleton said.
"We believe Mark will be very strong at the Tour de France and the balance of the season. He will join the team in California and we are very optimistic about his chances for success there."
The Tour of California runs May 16-23, while the Giro would have taken much more strength from the British sprinter with three weeks of racing from May 8 to 30.