Mark Cavendish: Tour de Yorkshire return for Isle of Man sprinter
Mark Cavendish will make his return from damage on the Tour de Yorkshire in Might after recovering from breaking ribs in two high-speed accidents in March.
The 32-year-old crashed at 55km/h on stage one of Tirreno-Adriatico after which somersaulted over his handlebars within the Milan-San Remo one-day traditional.
“I am delighted to be again racing prior to I initially thought,” he mentioned.
The four-day race, a legacy of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart hosted by Yorkshire, takes place from 3-6 Might.
Cavendish’s accidents – he additionally broken his ankle after flipping over a visitors bollard within the closing 10km of the Milan-San Remo on 17 March – pressured him to withdraw from the Commonwealth Video games the place he was attributable to compete for Isle of Man within the males’s highway race on the Gold Coast.
The 30-time Tour de France stage winner – the second highest in race historical past – mentioned the Tour de Yorkshire “may very well be described as a house race” for him and he’s excited to participate.
“My mom’s from Harrogate and clearly the final time I raced issues did not go that nice (for me) within the 2014 Tour de France,” he mentioned, referring to dislocating his collarbone in a crash on stage one.
“However one factor I do bear in mind is the unbelievable crowds and I do know that the Tour de Yorkshire at all times offers.
“It is the primary time that I’ve raced the Tour de Yorkshire and I am extraordinarily excited.
“Outcomes-wise; I am undecided the place my type will likely be truly solely having had a few weeks again on the bike however I am going to simply be absorbing the ambiance in some of the lovely locations on this planet.”
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Govt Sir Gary Verity – the person behind the race and who introduced the Tour de France to the county – mentioned he’s trying ahead to seeing “dwelling legend” Cavendish in motion.
He added: “His crash in Italy seemed actually severe however he is such a troublesome, tenacious character and we’re thrilled he is been in a position to make such a speedy restoration.
“I am certain Mark can have his eyes on not less than two of the levels on this yr’s route and we won’t wait to see him launch his trademark dash. It isn’t day-after-day you get to see a sportsman of his stature competing on dwelling roads, and we’re sure he’ll obtain a hero’s welcome.”
Cavendish is the second high-profile rider to substantiate his attendance on the Tour de Yorkshire after his Staff Dimension Information team-mate Serge Pauwels revealed final week he can be again to defend his title.
The four-day race begins on Thursday, Three Might with stage one going from Beverley to Doncaster.
Friday’s second stage takes the riders from Barnsley to Ilkley. Saturday’s third stage is from Richmond to Scarborough with the finale on Sunday, 6 Might beginning in Halifax and ending in Leeds.
A two-day girls’s race will happen on 3-Four Might, previous the lads’s race and beginning and ending in the identical cities.