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Mark Cavendish to return to racing at 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Dan Alexander
26 Jul 2018

It will be the sprinter’s first race since his Tour de France disappointment

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who was eliminated from the Tour de France on stage 11 having missed the time cut, will return to racing on home roads this Sunday at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The 187 kilometre race starts in London and takes in much of the 2012 Olympic road race course including the Box Hill climb.

Cavendish, who won the inaugural edition of the race in 2011, will be looking to return to winning ways on the Mall come Sunday afternoon and silence his critics following a fruitless Tour de France.

Any lingering hope of adding to his 30 Tour stage wins disappeared on the 108 kilometre day to La Rosière when Cavendish missed the time cut along with teammate Mark Renshaw and rival Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin).

The Dimension Data sprinter failed to find his form in the opening week’s sprint finishes as Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo) dominated. Cavendish’s best result was eighth on Stage eight and he never looked likely to add a 31st Tour victory.

On his participation in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, Cavendish said, ‘I’m delighted to be able to get back racing so quickly and I’m really looking forward to racing the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic again,'

'I’ve not raced in the event since it was awarded UCI WorldTour status but I was there watching last year and it has grown into a fantastic race.’

Other notable riders challenging Cavendish will be Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Defending champion Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) will be absent, however, with the European road race champion currently racing the Tour.