Mark Cavendish set to miss Tour de France selection with Sam Bennett cleared to race

Mark Cavendish won't be going to the 2021 Tour de France
Mark Cavendish won't be going to the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Cyclingnews understands that Mark Cavendish will not be handed a place in Deceuninck–QuickStep's eight-rider roster for the Tour de France after Sam Bennett was cleared to race following his recovery from a knee injury that plagued his pre-Tour schedule.

Cavendish replaced Bennett in the Baloise Belgium Tour earlier this month and won the final stage of the race with a result that demonstrated his continued improvement in form and fitness. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.