CYCLING legend Mark Cavendish has been confirmed as a rider in the Tour of Britain, which holds stage seven from Bury St Edmunds on September 17.
Cavendish, a multiple Tour de France stage winner, will lead his HTC Highroad team in the tour.
The move will attract sports fans from across the country.Race director Mick Bennett said: “As a team we have worked hard over the past fortnight to ensure that Mark Cavendish rides the Tour of Britain.
“We are very pleased that Mark has been given permission by the organisers of the Vuelta a Espana to start the Tour of Britain, and will be able to race in front of home crowds for potentially the final time before the 2012 Olympics.
“Mark’s addition to the start list will ensure that the sprints are hotly contested. I am sure the spectacle of Mark, Thor Hushovd, Ben Swift and others going head-to-head at stage finishes will draw huge crowds to the roadside once more.”
Mark Cavendish has forged an impressive career in cycling.
He represented Britain in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failed to win a medal.
The Isle of Man-born cyclist has won 20 Tour de France stages and seven stages in the Giro d’Italia, two highly-regarded racing tours.
The Tour runs from September 11-18 and daily highlights will be provided by ITV4. Bury will start the day’s race on the penultimate day which concludes at the Sandringham Estate.
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