Dimension Data all behind Mark Cavendish at Tour de France

Mark Cavendish takes his first win of 2018

Mark Cavendish will lead Dimension Data at the Tour de France this July as he looks to add to his tally of 30 stage wins. The team are giving Cavendish its full backing, with Tom-Jelte Slagter the only climber of note in the eight-man line-up announced in South Africa. Edvald Boasson Hagen will likely take over team leadership for uphill finishes after winning a stage and taking five top three placings in 2017. “We’re very focused on that. If you look at the Tour de France there are eight flat sprint stages, which is significant,” team manager Doug Ryder said at an event in South Africa. “We’re going to focus heavily on those and then be a bit opportunistic in the Alps and the Pyrenees. The first nine days of the 2018 Tour de France are critical for us and we’re going to go in strong and hard, and hopefully ...

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