Mark Cavendish predicts breakaway successes at the Tour of Britain

The Manxman says Etixx-Quick Step are unlikely to work to control each stage

Mark Cavendish Predicts Breakaway Successes At The Tour Of Britain

10 July 2015 102nd Tour de France Stage 07 : Livarot – Fougeres CAVENDISH Mark (GBR) Etixx – Quickstep Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Mark Cavendish1 believes that this year s Tour of Britain2 could be a happy hunting ground for breakaways.

The Manxman, who holds the record for most number of wins in the modern incarnation of the race with 10, headlines a strong Etixx-Quick Step squad in the national tour which starts in Anglesey tomorrow. Etixx attempted and failed to control the race last year to boost Michal Kwiatkowski3 s GC hopes, something that Cavendish feels may lead to escape groups staying away during this year s race.

We tried to control it last year and we exploded right near the end, he said. I don t think we ll try and do that again this year.

There may be other teams trying to do it, but it s very difficult with the hills and the six-man teams.

I think there s going to be a break go to the end most days actually. It will be nice racing it s always nice to see the crowds out here in Great Britain. I just enjoy that more than anything.


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Nonetheless, Etixx have options if stages end with group finishes: Mark Renshaw returns to the race after winning a sprint in Llandudno4 12 months ago, while Columbian Fernando Gaviria will make his debut in the event. Cavendish added: We ve got a strong team here. Obviously I d sprint normally, but Fernando is here. He beat me twice at the beginning of the year5.

He s pretty s handy, he s going well, and he can climb good as well, so maybe we ll go for him for a couple of days.

References

  1. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour of Britain (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Michal Kwiatkowski (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Mark Renshaw sprints to win Tour of Britain 2014 stage two (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Mark Cavendish loses second San Luis sprint to Fernando Gaviria (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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