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Mark Cavendish to race Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson
16 Aug 2021

Manxman returns to home race after Tour de France renaissance

Fresh from his Tour de France renaissance, Mark Cavendish has been confirmed for the returning Tour of Britain next month.

The 36-year-old has been confirmed as the first rider for the week-long stage race that begins on Sunday 5th September in Cornwall following a year's hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cavendish too returns to his home race for the first time since 2019 having experienced a stellar summer in which he took four Tour stage victories and the green points jersey. In the process, the Manxman also equalled Eddy Merckx's Tour stage victory record of 34 wins.

Cavendish will lead the Deceuninck-QuickStep's six-man sqaud at this year's Tour of Britain hoping to add to his 10 stage victoriess.

'It is always an honour to race on the home roads of the Tour of Britain. It is a race where I have always enjoyed success and I am really looking forward to racing with what I know will be a strong Deceuninck-QuickStep team,' said Cavendish.

'It has already been a special year for me and riding the Tour of Britain will be a great way to see so many of the people that have supported throughout.'

The race begins on Sunday 5th September with a debut visit to Cornwall with Stage 1 a rolling 180.8km day from Penzance to Bodmin. Also on the agenda will be a 18.2km team time-trial on Stage 3 in Carmathenshire, a summit finish to Great Orme on Stage 4 and a first-ever stage finish in Edinburgh on Stage 7.

Joining Cavendish's Deceuninck-QuickStep team will be fellow WorldTour outfits Ineos Grenadiers, Movistar, Team DSM, Qhubeka NextHash and Jumbo-Visma, who are expected to bring Wout van Aert.