Cyclist George Bennet will be unable to participate in any forthcoming event as he has been forced to take much-needed rest.

Bennet who has been sidelined from the track because of glandular fever will have to be exempted for most of the events during the southern hemisphere summer.

This means he would be unable to compete in some of the events like the tour in Australia billed for January and the forthcoming New Zealand championships. Bennet had already had an abnormally long off-season period as he ended his year in September, shortly after the vuelta a espana.

The lottoNL-jumbo rider had taken to twitter to announce the reason for his absence, he wrote:

“Precautionary rest after glandular fever (aka the kissing disease) a month or two ago. My summer might be fucked but at least I’m getting some.”

Bennet, whose tenure with the lottoNL team, had just been extended for an additional two years had enjoyed an amazing 2016 performance. His season included an appearance at the tour de France, the vuelta a espana and the rio Olympic games, he had finished in the tenth position at the vuelta.

His ill health will greatly affect him in the next few months ahead as he has been sidelined from all domestic racing events in the summer. However, the sports man from New Zealand seem to be taking the news surprisingly well as he has so humorously announced on leading social network platform twitter.

During his time off from the wheels, Bennet will be put through a series of precautionary tests and has been ruled out of the national championships that is set to hold in three weeks. Bennet has competed for four years in the tour of Australia, and his lack of training on the bike places him in doubt for the event. He finished in the 53rd position at the tour de France and was the only kiwi present in the Olympic road race.