Cavendish faces first Grand Tour as World Champion and father

Mark Cavendish descends Manie, Milan-San Remo 2012Mark Cavendish descends Manie, Milan-San Remo 2012

Mark Cavendish begins his first long stint away from home after becoming a dad. He leads Team Sky in the 2012 Giro d'Italia starting tomorrow in Herning, Denmark.

Cavendish won the World title down the road in Copenhagen last September, and on April 3 this year his new baby girl, Delilah Grace arrived. If anything, the milestones only strengthened his determination. At the Scandic Silkeborg Hotel, a 30-minute drive down a quiet Danish road from Herning, he explained he is racing for his family now.

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