Bahrain McLaren Announce Tour de France Team without Cavendish
Bahrain McLaren are going all-in on Landa
Bahrain McLaren’s veteran sprinter Mark Cavendish said on Friday he will miss the Tour de France for a second straight season as he feels under-prepared for this year’s race due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cavendish, 35, has won an impressive 30 stages in his Tour career but his last was in 2016.
“Simply put I don’t think I’m ready this year for the Tour de France,” Cavendish said in a video on Twitter.
“It’s the hardest I’ve seen in my career and I’m a rider that needs a lot of racing to get going and I just haven’t had that this year with COVID-19,” he added.
His team will be led by Spaniard Mikel Landa, who finished fourth on the 2017 Tour and has also won stages on the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
“I am going to start the Tour in very good form,” said Landa, 30, who was well-placed at the recent Criterium du Dauphine before fading to 18th overall. Landa will look to the support of the in-form Wout Poels in the mountains as well as Damiano Caruso and Pello Bilbao.
The 2020 Tour de France gets underway in Nice on August 29. Cavendish is scheduled to race in the European Championship road race on August 26.
Bahrain McLaren 2020 Tour de France Team
Mikel Landa (ESP)
Pello Bilbao (ESP)
Damiano Caruso (ITA)
Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)
Marco Haller (AUT)
Matej Mohoric (SLO)
Wout Poels (NED)
Rafael Valls (ESP)
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini