Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for
Qhubeka has confirmed that
Mark Cavendish will make his return to racing at the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire
in early May.
In addition, the team announced that Serge Pauwels will return to defend the title he won in 2017.
The race is scheduled for May 3-6.
Cavendish has not raced since a major crash in the final stages of
Milan-SanRemo in March, the results of which saw him break a rib and sustain an
ankle injury. That incident saw the Manxman miss, among other races, the recent
Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.
"I’m delighted to have recovered sufficiently from my injuries at
Milan-SanRemo to be back racing sooner than I initially thought and what better
way to do that than at what could be described as a home race for me, the Tour
de Yorkshire," said Cavendish.
"My mother’s from Harrogate and obviously the last time I raced things
didn’t go that great (for me) in the 2014 Tour de France; but one thing I do
remember is the incredible crowds and I know that the Tour de Yorkshire always
provides. It’s the first time that I’ve raced the Tour de Yorkshire and I’m
"Results-wise; I’m not sure where my form will be only having had a couple
of weeks back on the bike but I’ll just be absorbing the atmosphere in one of
the most beautiful places in the world," he added.
Pauwels, meanwhile, has had a busy start to 2018 and is currently in the middle
of Ardennes classics but already has one eye on repeating his success of last
"I am very excited to defend my title at the Tour of Yorkshire. It’s one
of my favourite races, not only because I won it last year but because the
course suits me and there is always a great ambience from the passionate
"I’ve had a look at the course for 2018 and it looks really hard again.
There’s two flatter stages but then the uphill finish on the second stage will
probably change the dynamics of the race a little bit. The last day’s going to
be really tough again so really looking forward to racing Tour de Yorkshire
again and especially as Mark will be there with us, it’s going to be a very
important race," said Pauwels.
The rest of Team Dimension
Data for Qhubeka’s line-up for the event will be announced in due