News – Cavendish Heads to France instead of London


Mark Cavendish, who withdrew from the Tour de France after a Stage 1 crash, misses  Ride London Classic to race in Tour de l’Ain

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News – Cavendish Heads to France instead of London

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Omega Pharma – Quick-Step has announced the selections that will participate in Prudential Ride London Classic and Tour de l’Ain.

The Prudential Ride London Classic is a one-day, 193km race on August 10th (start list here), while Tour de l’Ain is a five-day stage race from August 12th through the 15th. The race includes a 4.6km prologue, and four short stages less than 160km apiece.

Cavendish says “Tour de l’Ain will be important to see where I am at with my training and recovery from my injury, and also as a bit of a test at competition pace. The rest of my program will be decided 100 percent after Tour de l’Ain depending on how I feel during that race.

Together with the team we will then discuss how to approach the rest of my season. Tour de l’Ain will be the first time back in the peloton after the Tour. Unfortunately I am not able to participate in Prudential Ride London Classic, which is an amazing race and I would have liked the opportunity to race next year”.

“At the moment, with the two races being so close together on the calendar, I need to focus on completing my specific block of training in Italy before returning to competition at the Tour de l’Ain shortly after. I want to wish good luck to all the riders participating in Prudential Ride London Classic. I think it will be a wonderful event given the amazing support for cycling in the UK”.

“I was so proud of what I saw from the public in the opening stage of the Tour and I wish I could be there to race in front of my British supporters. I will do my best to be there next year.”

10.08 Prudential Ride London Classic () 1.HC

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Andrew Fenn (GBR)
Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
Mark Renshaw (AUS)
Gert Steegmans (BEL)
Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL)

Length 201.0 km
Start 13:00
Finish 18:16

12.08–16.08 Tour de l’Ain (FRA) 2.1

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Gianni Meersman (BEL)
Pieter Serry (BEL)
Rigoberto Uran Uran (COL)
Carlos Verona (ESP)

12.08.14 Prologue Saint-Amour 4.6 km (ITT)
13.08.14 Stage 1 Domaine de Chalain – Plaine Tonique – Montrevel en Bresse 150.2 km
14.08.14 Stage 2 Ekinox – Saint Vulbas 158.5 km
15.08.14 Stage 3 Lagnieu – Lelex – Monts-Jura 141.8 km
16.08.14 Stage 4 Nantua – Arbent 130.7 km
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