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by Shane Stokes
June 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse; Groenewegen wins stage 2 of Ster ZLM Toer; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia; Hindley and Hamilton take Australian one-two on final day of Baby Giro, Sivakov wins overall; Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud; Min wins stage 2 of the Tour of Korea; Cavendish returns to action with solid ride on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia; Cookson defends biological passport, reveals existence of two ongoing cases; Varnish angry after publication of British Cycling report; Collins says he doesn’t believe Cookson should be re-elected UCI president; Matthews confirmed to lead Team Sunweb at Tour de France as longlist announced; Video: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized Diverge; Video: Throwback Thursday from the 2016 world championships
Out of competition since Milan-San Remo due to an ankle injury and then a bout of Epstein-Barr virus, Mark Cavendish returned to action on Thursday in the Tour of Slovenia. Although the Manxman didn’t land the fairytale stage win he was hoping for, his tenth place behind Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) suggests his fitness level is solid.
He will continue trying to build on this in the days ahead, keeping participation in the Tour de France as a big goal. While it is as yet uncertain if he will be able to take part in the race, a good showing in the Tour of Slovenia would go a long way towards earning him a green light.
“This was definitely a tough day for all of us, especially for Cavendish and Renshaw after coming back from injuries,” said their Dimension Data teammate Bernhard Eisel. “I think we did a good team effort. Unfortunately, we lost each other a little bit with five kilometres to go.
“I blame myself as I went too early, which caused Cavendish and Renshaw to make a big effort in order to get back up to us. They came around the last corner in 10th-12th position and that was just too far down to win. However, there is still another chance for a sprint stage and it was really good to see Cavendish motivated and ready to sprint. Let’s see what the next days will bring.”