Mark Cavendish’s years of Tour de France racing may be over, the general manager of his Bahrain-McLaren team, Rod Ellingworth, has acknowledged.
“It’s hard to say,” Ellingworth said, when asked if multiple stage winner and former world champion, Cavendish, who was omitted from Ellingworth’s team selection for this year’s race, would ever return to the Tour.
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“Unfortunately for him, this situation we’ve found ourselves in, not racing, went against him. If you’ve spent two years off the bike having lots of problems you need a consistent period of time to get yourself back to a decent level.
“He was quite rightfully upfront to say he wasn’t ready for this year’s Tour, and we’ll keep working. Time will tell.”
Meanwhile, the defending Tour champion, Egan Bernal,