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by Shane Stokes
September 16, 2017
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Former world champion Mark Cavendish had long pinpointed this year’s event as a target but explained this week why he won’t be taking part in the race. “I am gutted to say I won’t be representing Great Britain this year at the World Road Race Championships in Bergen, Norway,” he wrote on social media. “It was a goal I’d set to try and win this year, on a course that suits me at my peak and the strength in depth we have in the Great Britain Cycling Team.
“Unfortunately, I am still struggling with the broken shoulder I sustained from the crash in this year’s Tour de France, so I withdrew myself as an option for selection last week. As always, I’ll be supporting all my friends and colleagues as they strive for our next World Champ stripes after Lizzie (Deignan)’s dominant ride in Richmond, 2 years ago. Good luck to you all and stay safe.”
Cavendish has had a difficult year, suffering an ankle injury early on, then coming down with a case of the Epstein-Barr virus, or mononucleosis. He recovered in time to start the Tour de France and began well, but clashed with Peter Sagan on stage three and had to withdraw from the race.
Speaking three weeks later, he told CyclingTips in Paris that he would risk the end of his career if he was to return to action too quickly. He also conceded then that landing a rainbow jersey in Norway was very unlikely.
“I’ll be back racing this year, sure, but I’m not going to be in any condition to be world champion,” he said then. That has indeed proven to be the case, with his withdrawal on the final stage of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain and in Friday’s Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen showing he is far from where he wants to be.