Cummings: Leaving Cavendish Out Of Tour De France Was A Big Call

Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)

Usually in Tour de France mixed zones it's the journalists who serve up the first questions as the riders freewheel along the narrow corridor that leads to the sanctuary of the team buses. However, there are times when the topic of question is so obvious and clear that the riders can offer their own initial questioning. "You're going to ask me about Cav, aren't you?" Steve Cummings ventured when Cyclingnews caught his eye. The news that Mark Cavendish hadn't been selected for his 13th straight Tour de France completely overshadowed Dimension Data 's squad announcement – even if they had chosen to emit the 30-time Tour stage winner's name from their press release in an attempt to focus on the eight athletes who had been selected. Even Cummings called his inclusion "a shock" in that release, owing to the fact that he had not finished a stage race since March, ...

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