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Alaphilippe, van der Breggen best at Flèche Wallonne, O’Connor wins: Daily News Digest
Having gradually healed from the ferocious-looking crash he had in Milan San Remo, Mark Cavendish’s Team Dimension Data squad has confirmed he will return to competition in the Tour de Yorkshire. Cavendish fractured a rib and injured his ankle in the high-speed collision with a traffic bollard, with that injury putting him out of racing after a previous absence caused by the concussion he suffered on stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Cavendish is pleased to be on track once more. “I’m delighted to have recovered sufficiently from my injuries at Milan-Sanremo to be back racing sooner than I initially thought,” he said. “What better way to do that than at what could be described as a home race for me, the Tour de Yorkshire.
“My mother’s from Harrogate and obviously the last time I raced things didn’t go that great (for me) in the 2014 Tour de France [where he crashed out on stage one]. But one thing I do remember is the incredible crowds I know that the Tour de Yorkshire always provides. It’s the first time that I’ve raced the Tour de Yorkshire and I’m extremely excited.”
He admitted that he is not sure where his form will be at, given that he has only had a couple of weeks back on the bike. “But I’ll just be absorbing the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”
The team will also back Serge Pauwels, who won last year’s general classification. “I am very excited to defend my title at the Tour of Yorkshire,” the Belgian said. “It’s one of my favourite races. Not only because I won it last year, but because the course suits me and there is always a great ambience from the passionate spectators.” The event runs from May 3 to 6.