Sydney - British sprint great Mark
Cavendish will ride in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia next
month, organisers said on Monday.
The 30-year-old, an Olympian, former world
champion and winner of 26 Tour de France stages, will race for the first time
with his new squad Team Dimension Data, who have just been awarded a UCI
Cavendish has chosen the Evans race, around
Victoria state, as his only event in Australia this southern summer, meaning he
will not be a starter in the Tour Down Under near Adelaide in the same month.
He will line up with two stars of
Australian racing, Rohan Dennis riding for BMC Racing, and Simon Gerrans with
"I am looking forward to starting the
2016 season in Victoria and racing for the first time with Team Dimension Data
at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race," Cavendish said in a statement.
"I've heard great things about the
challenging Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race course and I'm especially excited
to visit Geelong again -- last time I was there was for the 2010 UCI Road World
The Evans event will feature nine UCI
WorldTour teams (BMC Racing, ORICA-GreenEDGE, Team Sky, Team Katusha,
Lotto-Soudal, Trek Factory Racing, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, IAM Cycling and Team
Dimension Data), four UCI Pro Continental teams (UnitedHealthcare, ONE Pro
Cycling, Drapac Professional Cycling, Team Novo Nordisk) and the Australian
It is named in honour of Cadel Evans, the
first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011.