Manx missile runs off course during his training run

Mark Cavendish. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Mark Cavendish. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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A malfunctioning GPS left Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish lost on the Yorkshire moors during a recent training run in the UK.

The rider who has won 25 Tour de France stages, was on a reconnaissance trip before the latest tour which starts in Yorkshire and passes through Leeds and Sheffield.

But when his navigation system failed he was forced to pull over and take directions to Middleham in North Yorkshire from two schoolboys at a bus stop.

According to Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire, GPS reception is variable in the region: ‘I told him that’s an occupational hazard, but these schoolboys knew the route inside out and gave him directions. Only then did they realise it was Mark Cavendish. He told them he was going to win stage one.’

The cyclist spent two days training in Yorkshire recently learning the route for the first two stages of the Tour, held on July 5 and 6.

He is said to be keen to win the first stage of the race because it finishes in his mother’s home town of Harrogate.

Commenting on Twitter, Mr Cavendish said: ‘Couple of days done looking at the first two stages and I’m tired. Beautiful but very hard start to a three week race.’

The opening stage of the tour is on Saturday July 5 when riders will complete the run from Leeds to Harrogate. The stage takes them through Ilkley, Skipton, Rippon, Grassington and via the Buttertubs pass to Leyburn, Middleham and Harrogate. Stage two follows on Sunday July 6, taking the riders from York to Sheffield, via Harrogate, Keighley and Huddersfield, across Pennines to Glossop then returning to Yorkshire to end in Sheffield.

The third stage on Monday July 7 runs from Cambridge to London.

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