Mark Cavendish: I went from being nervous to enjoying it

Mark Cavendish is getting in the early season kilometres in San Juan

Mark Cavendish was simply happy to be back racing at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina last week. The pleasure of pinning on a number again and being in the peloton was a timely reminder of why he loves racing, after months spent slowly recovering from a second flare-up of the Epstein-Barr virus. Yet, despite being on a gradual comeback trajectory, Cavendish could not resist going for victory on the final stage of the Vuelta a San Juan on Sunday. Only a slow puncture and a hectic fight for Peter Sagan’s wheel stopped him fighting for a podium spot and he eased up in the final metres to finish 12th behind stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). Cavendish makes it clear results are not important for the first three months of 2019 but his return to racing naturally inspires him. "It’s nice to gradually get back into it, and enjoy ...

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