Cavendish quits Tour de Pologne for European Road Race Championships

Mark Cavendish has made what the Dimension Data team staff called a “50 per cent planned abandon” from the Tour de Pologne, failing to start Thursday’s sixth stage of the seven-day race.

The Isle of Man sprinter is riding the European Road Race Championships for Great Britain on Sunday ,and after five days in the Tour de Pologne and with two very hilly stages remaining, Cavendish has opted to focus on this weekend’s event.

“It was 50 per cent planned, with the Europeans in mind,” Dimension Data’s Alex Sans Vega told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 6 in Zakopane.


“What was 100 per cent certain was that he would do the first three stages [all almost completely flat – ed.] and then, depending on how he felt, perhaps go through to the fifth, which is finally what he did.”

Cavendish crashed late on stage one in Krakow but without any serious physical consequences. He bounced back to take sixth on stage 3 to Zabrze, his best result in the WorldTour race.

Sans Vega said Cavendish came out of the race in an upbeat mood.

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