MANX cycling star Mark Cavendish has confirmed that he will take part in this year’s Tour of Britain which begins in Scotland this weekend.
Speculation has been rife that the Manx Missile would participate in the eight-stage event following his withdrawal from the Vuelta a Espana last month.
After becoming the first Briton to win the coveted green jersey at the Tour de France in July, the 26-year-old suffered in the extreme heat during the opening few days of the Spanish tour and decided to drop out in order to prepare for the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark later this month.
Cav needed special permission from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in order to compete in Britain, as rules stipulate that should a rider pull out of one cycling competition, he/she cannot compete in any other event until the first has finished.
Speaking on his Twitter account earlier tiday (Monday), Cav tweeted: ‘So happy to announce on this lovely Monday morning that I will be racing in this year’s Tour of Britain with my HTC-Highroad team.’
Should the Manxman win in Britain, he will be in with a chance of claiming HTC-Highroad’s 500th since the team formed in 2008. The count currently stands at 492 but the likes of Michael Albasini, who won the Tour of Britain last year, will be hopeful are further victories in the Vuelta this week.
It will be one of HTC’s last competitions, with the team due to fold at the end of the current season because of a lack of sponsorship. This has led to speculation that Cav might join fellow Manxman Peter Kennaugh at British-based Team Sky, who will also be competing at the Tour of Britain.