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Mark Cavendish to ride the 2019 Tour of Britain

Joseph Delves
3 Sep 2019

Manx sprinter to appear at the closest thing to his home tour

Britain’s most prolific male rider of all time, Mark Cavendish, will be heading to the 2019 Tour of Britain. His attendance at the race has been confirmed, along with that of his Dimension Data teammate Steve Cummings. Also named in the squad’s six-person line-up is Cavendish’s long-term accomplice and lead-out man, Mark Renshaw.

The rider with the most wins at the Tour of Britain, Cavendish took three in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the race. He’ll be looking for a positive close to a season that saw him bitterly disappointed to be left out of Dimension Data’s Tour de France team.

'What makes the 2019 edition especially significant is the finish in Manchester,' Cavendish explained. 'I remember as an amateur watching the finish there in 2004, the first edition of the race in its current format, and so I’m looking forward to now racing in what is such an important city for British cycling 15 years on.'

Starting in Glasgow this Saturday, it’ll be Cavendish’s 10th participation in the race. His teammate Cummings will also be returning after competing multiple times, including winning the overall in 2016.

'Birkenhead Park is a special place for me because I did my first race there when I was 13,' explains Cummings. 'To have the opportunity to go back there 25 years on to start a professional race will no doubt be very special to me.

'I hope to have family, friends and clubmates who have always supported me there on the day.'

ITV4 will be showing complete live coverage of each stage UK, along with a nightly highlights show.