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by Shane Stokes
June 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory on stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time; Recovering Kristoff accepts second place; Martin: “I feel good”; Cavendish to return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia; Frustrated Viviani could leave Team Sky over racing programme; Bahamontes’ unusual pathway to pro cycling; Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Stage 1 – Onboard GoPro Highlights; Video: Junior Womens Track Cycling
Previously scheduled to resume racing after illness at the British national road race championships on June 25, Mark Cavendish has had a boost with a green light to ride the earlier Tour of Slovenia. The 2.1-ranked event begins in June 15 and lasts for four days, thus giving the Manxman the opportunity to build his form.
He has been sidelined since Milan-San Remo, first with an ankle injury and then with the Epstein-Barr virus, or glandular fever. Being able to add the Tour of Slovenia to his programme is a positive sign. Notwithstanding the programme change, though, Team Dimenion Data directeur sportif Roger Hammond told Cyclingnews that it is too soon to say if he will ride the Tour.
“To be honest we feel like we’re so far from the Tour,” he said. “Most teams are probably finalising their teams now but we feel like we’re so far away. It’s so speculative. Cavendish has put his name down for nationals but we’ll have to see after we get there.
“He’s a fairly impressive human but of course expectations change when you crash or get ill. My job is to manage the ability of the riders and getting the best out of the team. That’s what we’ll do at the Tour, no different.”
What will determine if he starts in July will be if he has recovered. “The biggest assumption is assuming he’s healthy,” said Hammond. “Until we’ve got that bit right all the rest is just wishful thinking and speculative. As soon as that’s ready, Mark can do anything.”
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