Cavendish to skip Giro in favor of Tour de France prep

The British rider’s No. 1 objective for the season is the Tour de France

PARIS (AFP) — British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) revealed on Friday that he will bypass next month’s Giro d’Italia to focus on the Tour de France, which begins July 5.

The 28-year-old Isle of Man native will instead use the Tour of Turkey (April 27-May 4), Amgen Tour of California (May 11-18), and the Tour de Suisse (June 14-22) as his tune-up races for the Tour de France. This summer’s Tour begins in Leeds, located in Yorkshire, England.

“As everyone knows, my main objective this year is the Tour de France,” said Cavendish, who has won 25 Tour de France stages.

“I will not do the Giro this year, which saddens me because it is a race that has given me a lot of satisfaction in the past.”

Cavendish, whose mother is from Harrogate, the finishing town for the first stage of this year’s Tour de France, has won 15 Giro stages during his career and earned the overall points title at last year’s race.