Mark Cavendish: I'm not ready for the Tour de France

British Mark Cavendish of BahrainMerida pictured at stage 2 of the UAE Tour 2020 cycling race 168km from Hatta to Hatta Dam in Dubai United Arab Emirates Monday 24 February 2020 This years edition is taking place from 23 February to 29 February BELGA PHOTO YUZURU SUNADA FRANCE OUT Photo by YUZURU SUNADABELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Cavendish at the UAE Tour earlier this year (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mark Cavendish has admitted that his form wasn’t good enough for him to be selected for this year's Tour de France. The 35-year-old has raced sporadically in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, with a heavily mountainous Tour route, Bahrain McLaren have put greater support behind GC leader Mikel Landa.

Cavendish hasn’t raced the Tour for two consecutive years but, unlike in 2019 when his omission from the Dimension Data team contributed to an acrimonious split, the 30-time Tour stage winner took to Twitter and backed Bahrain McLaren's decision to leave him at home.

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