Mark Cavendish's Tour de France spot depends on WorldTour victories, Ellingworth suggests

Rod Ellingworth and Mark Cavendish at the Saudi Tour
Rod Ellingworth and Mark Cavendish at the Saudi Tour (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mark Cavendish’s return to the Tour de France will depend on him winning high-level races between now and July, Bahrain McLaren manager Rod Ellingworth has suggested.

Cavendish has 30 stage wins to his name at the Tour – four shy of Eddy Merckx’s record – but has not won a race in more than two years. Last year, he was controversially left out of Dimension Data’s Tour squad, ending 12-year run of consecutive appearances at the race.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.