Cavendish to ride Flanders 'for experience'

Mark Cavendish and Erik Zabel, Mallorca 2010

Mark Cavendish's debut in the Tour of Flanders in two weeks' time, he insisted, will be strictly for practice. Though he won Milan-San Remo last year in his first outing, he plans to leave the Belgian classic to his bulkier rivals.

"I just want to get experience at Flanders for the future," Cavendish told Cycling Weekly. "I know I said that about San Remo last year, but, seriously, it is about experience."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.