Mark Cavendish: 'I've packed a suitcase for the Tour de France'

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider could be called upon to replace Sam Bennett who is an injury doubt

Mark Cavendish won a stage at the Belgium Tour
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Mark Cavendish has played down talk that he would refuse the opportunity to ride the Tour de France due to contractual issues, saying that he has joined a training camp in Italy having packed for the race.

The British rider was not expected to ride the French Grand Tour when he re-joined Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the start of the year, but four wins at the Tour of Turkey and a victory at the Belgium Tour last week have seen a return to form.

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