MARK Cavendish has been confirmed as part of the six-man Team Sky squad that will participate in this year’s Tour of Britain which begins on Sunday.
The Manx Missile will be joined by fellow Britons Jeremy Hunt, Luke Rowe and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins. Also in the squad is Cav’s former HTC-Highroad colleague Bernhard Eisel and Christian Knees.
The ninth edition of the Tour starts with a 199.6 kilometre stage from Ipswich to Norfolk Showground and should suit Cav and fellow sprinters Andre Greipel and Alessandro Petacchi.
Monday’s stage from Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park should also end with a bunch sprint but Tuesday’s 152.6km trek to Dumfries features several climbs which could prove tricky.
Stage four also includes three hills before ending on Blackpool Promenade after 97 miles of cycling while the fifth stage is more suited to the all-rounders, as will stage six to Caerphilly and the penultimate stage from Barnstaple - Dartmouth.
The Tour of Britain concludes in Guilford on Sunday, September 16.