Cavendish aims for more Tour stage wins, chasing Merckx record
“I’ll be looking at getting closer to that record (34) of Eddy Merckx,” Cavendish said on the team’s website.
The 33-year-old Manxman has 30 stage victories.
This year’s race starts in the low-lying Vendee on France’s Atlantic Coast and the first week is largely flat, offering Cavendish the chance to emulate 2016 when he won the first, third, and sixth stages, as well as the 14th.
Cavendish started this season with more crashes, notably in Milano-Sanremo where he broke a rib after riding into a bollard 10 kilometers from the finish.
Overall, his 2018 season has been largely fruitless to date, with just a single victory at the Dubai Tour in February.
He will be supported by his long-time lead-out man, Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw.
The eight-man Dimension Data team also includes all-around threat Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway.
Dimension Data team for the Tour de France:
Mark Cavendish (GB)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (N)
Mark Renshaw (Aus)
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (SA)
Serge Pauwels (B)
Julien Vermote (B)
Tom-Jelte Slagter (Nl)
Jay Thomson (SA)