Mark Cavendish to race Tour de Yorkshire in early comeback

Following his brutal crash at Milan-San Remo last month, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will make an earlier-than-expected return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May.

The British sprinter fractured a rib and injured an ankle when he collided with a traffic bollard on the approach to the Poggio towards the end of the Italian Monument – the latest in a string of crashes that has blighted the start of his 2018 campaign.

Forced to miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia, Cavendish suggested last month that he could be back racing at the Tour of California in May, as he seeks to get back on track for the Tour de France. His recovery, however, has advanced quicker than expected, giving him the chance to make his debut at the four-stage Tour de Yorkshire, which runs from May 3-6. 


“I’m delighted to have recovered sufficiently from my injuries at Milan-San Remo to be back racing sooner than I initially thought and what better way to do that than at what could be described as a home race for me, the Tour de Yorkshire,” Cavendish said in a statement from the race organisers.

Cavendish perhaps has unhappy memories of the region of northern England after crashing out of the 2014 Tour de France as he prepared to sprint for victory and the yellow jersey in Harrogate. At the Tour de Yorkshire, a legacy event for that 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, there are opportunities for redemption on stage 1 into Doncaster and stage 3 into Scarborough, though Cavendish suggested results aren’t top of his agenda.

“My mother’s from Harrogate and obviously the last time I raced things didn’t go that great in the 2014 Tour de France; but one thing I do remember is the incredible crowds that I know the Tour de Yorkshire always provides. It’s the first time that I’ve raced the Tour de Yorkshire and I’m extremely excited,” he said.

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