Mark Cavendish first confirmed Tour of Britain rider

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Mark Cavendish is the primary rider to be confirmed for this yr’s Tour of Britain.

The Manx sprinter, 36, equalled Eddy Merckx’s file of 34 Tour de France stage wins final month.

Cavendish will lead Belgian crew Deceuninck-Fast-Step when the race begins in Cornwall on 5 September.

“It is at all times an honour to race on the house roads of the Tour of Britain,” mentioned Cavendish, who will probably be competing for a twelfth time.

Cavendish, who has gained 10 phases of the Tour of Britain, added: “It is a race the place I’ve at all times loved success and I’m actually trying ahead to racing with what I do know will probably be a robust crew.

“It has already been a particular yr for me and driving the Tour of Britain will probably be an effective way to see so most of the individuals who have supported me all through.”

This yr’s race begins in Cornwall on 5 September, and features a crew trial in Carmarthenshire (stage three), a hill-top end on the Nice Orme, Llandudno (stage 4) and a first-ever end in Edinburgh (stage seven).

The 2021 champion will probably be topped in Aberdeen on Sunday 12 September.

The race didn’t happen final yr due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019 it was gained by Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel.

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