Mark Cavendish To Adriatica Ionica Race After Tour De France Snub

Mark Cavendish signs on at the stage of stage 3

Mark Cavendish will return to competition at the Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy on Wednesday after having been left off Dimension Data 's squad for the Tour de France . The 34-year-old has been battling the effects of the Epstein Barr virus for two years, only this spring finally being declared below the threshold for still being considered ill with the virus. His best result this year has been a third place on a stage of the Tour of Turkey behind Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). The decision to leave him off the Tour de France squad was a controversial one, and it highlighted fractures in the Dimension Data management team , with head of performance Rolf Aldag going to bat for Cavendish and team principal Doug Ryder ultimately deciding against his inclusion. "I'm absolutely heartbroken by the decision that means I won't be at the Tour this ...

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