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Mark Cavendish (Getty Images)
Mark Cavendish (Getty Images)

Paris - British sprinter Mark Cavendish withdrew from the Tour de France on Tuesday to focus on his bid for a first Olympic medal at the Rio Games in just over two weeks.

The 31-year-old won four stages this year and now has 30 in the bag overall, meaning the "Manx Missile" is creeping up on Belgian legend Eddy Merckx and the all-time record of 34 stage wins.

There are five stages left in the race this year, four of which are in the Alps, but Cavendish will not now be starting stage 17 on Wednesday.

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