Mark Cavendish plays down speculation about Tour de France ride

Mark Cavendish wins stage 5 Baloise Belgium Tour
Mark Cavendish wins stage 5 Baloise Belgium Tour (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has hit back at speculation that he might replace an injured Sam Bennett at the upcoming Tour de France, insisting the Irishman is still Deceuninck-QuickStep's first option but without ruling himself out of final selection. 

Cavendish won stage 5 at the Baloise Belgium Tour on Sunday showing strong form and superb speed in the sprint but diplomatically said that the team will wait and see how well Bennett recovers before making any decisions. 

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