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by Shane Stokes
March 15, 2018
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The 2009 race winner Mark Cavendish has shrugged off the effects of a fractured rib and will line out in this Saturday’s running of Milan-San Remo. The Briton plus his Australian leadout man Mark Renshaw have been confirmed for the race by Team Dimension Data.
However Cavendish ruled out a repeat victory. “After crashing in Tirreno I’m obviously not in any sort of condition to win Milan-Sanremo but having been able to train enough through the pain over the last few days I feel like I can go in support of my teammates,” he said. “Milan-Sanremo is a race close to my heart and it’s a particular style of race that reminding my body of the rhythm of it this year, will help me to compete for the win in future years.”
He fractured his rib on day one of Tirreno-Adriatico when he crashed hard. Renshaw abandoned on stage five due to feeling unwell. The team said that he has since seen a specialist in order to try to solve a chronic sinusitis problem. The lineup will also include Edvald Boasson Hagen, Scott Thwaites, Julien Vermote, Jay Thomson and Stephen Cummings.
“As a team we’re really excited ahead of one of the sport’s iconic races,” said directeur sportif Roger Hammond. “It’s great to have Mark (Cavendish) return to an event that’s obviously very special to him. He’s had a run of bad luck, crashing in both Abu Dhabi and Tirreno-Adriatico, but despite fracturing a rib, and weather permitting, has managed to train.
“It’s not been an easy selection process having both Bernie Eisel [crash] and Tom-Jelte Slagter [upper respiratory tract infection] unavailable but for now it looks like the weather could play a big part on the day and we look forward to taking opportunities that present themselves for a good result.”