Cav and Kennaugh get 2015 seasons underway

Mark Cavendish (left) chats to team-mate Zdenek Stybar during Etixx Quick-Step's winter training camp in Spain recently Photo: TDWSport.com

Mark Cavendish (left) chats to team-mate Zdenek Stybar during Etixx Quick-Step's winter training camp in Spain recently Photo: TDWSport.com

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Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh get their 2015 road racing campaigns underway on opposite sides of the world later this month.

The Manx Missile travels to South America to compete in the Tour de San Luis for the third year in a row, while Commonwealth Games silver medalist Kennaugh heads to Australia to participate in the Santos Tour Down Under.

Competing in Argentina has become something of a tradition for Cav during his time with the newly-renamed Etixx Quick-Step team, having won his first ever race for the Belgian outfit in 2013.

After his 2014 season was scuppered by a shoulder injury during the opening stage of the Tour de France, the former world champion has maintained his fitness over the winter months by competing in a couple of track events ahead of the usual training camps.

Therefore the Manxman should be raring to go when the Argentinian tour begins with a 186.8-kilometre stage from San Luis to Villa Mercedes in Monday, January 19.

Six more stages follow - including a time trial - before the race concludes back in San Luis on January 25.

Beginning around the same time as Cav, Kennaugh starts his 2015 campaign as part of a strong Team Sky squad which will tackle six tough stages in Australia from January 20-26.

Joining him Down Under is Richie Porte, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Geraint Thomas.

The race departs with a 132.6km stage from Tanunda to Campbelltown on the outskirts of Adelaide.

It then continues with several other mountainous stages throughout South Australia before eventually returning and finishing back in the state capital.

Prior to the race - in which Pete is making his debut - riders will take part in the traditional People’s Choice Classic criterium.

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