Team Dimension Data has decided to leave Mark Cavendish off its Tour de France roster
The pressure is on these five star riders to claim signature victories in 2019. They all had rocky rides last season amid high expectations.
The British sprinter has been hampered by illnesses the past two seasons.
The British sprinter said he is still suffering from Epstein-Barr virus and will take a break from training and racing to recover.
With smaller teams, tighter cut-off times, and short, explosive stages, Tour sprinters find themselves off the back.
The climbs that made Tour stage 11 a thriller for the GC proved too much for sprinters Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel
Mark Cavendish is quickly running out of time to equal Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage win record.
Mark Cavendish said he was chasing Eddy Merckx's all-time stage win record at the Tour. So far, his results have been dismal.