Mark Cavendish to start Tirreno-Adriatico after recovering from concussion – News Shorts

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has recovered from a concussion sustained in a crash in Abu Dhabi and will start Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday.

Cavendish took one week off the bike on medical advice following the crash, which took place in the neutralized zone of the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

“I’m looking forward to getting back together with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka at Tirreno-Adriatico,” Cavendish said in a team press release.

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“Unfortunately, my form isn’t going to be what I’d hoped after my week off the bike following my concussion, but we go with intentions of building that form back up, ready for the Classics.

“There are two sprint opportunities for myself, and it’ll be nice to race with my new teammate Louis Meintjes and see what we can do with him in the mountain days in the overall.”

Cavendish will have support for the expected sprints in stages 2 and 6 from teammates Bernhard Eisel, Mark Renshaw, Scott Thwaites and Julien Vermote, who narrowly missed the victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Edvald Boasson-Hagen will also be in the line up, but the team noted that he is building slowly into his season.

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