Mark Cavendish back in action in trio of one-day races after missing out on World Championships

Dimension Data heads to Belgium and northern France for three consecutive one-day races

Mark Cavendish at the 2017 Tour of Britain
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

After abandoning the final stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday, Mark Cavendish will be back in action with a trio of races in Belgium and France over the weekend.

Cavendish is the stand-out name in the eight-strong Dimension Data squad, with the same riders contesting the Kampionschap van Vlaanderen on Friday, the Primus Classic on Saturday, and the GP d’Isbergues on Sunday.

With all three races expected to finish in sprints (although the Primus Classic having a lumpier parcours), Cavendish is joined by lead-out men Bernie Eisel, Mark Renshaw, and Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg, with the squad completed by Ryan Gibbons, Johann van Zyl, Nic Dougall and Adrien Niyonshuti.

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"We have three nice but tough races coming up this weekend," said sports director Jean-Pierre Heynderickx. "Sprints may have decided these races in the past but you will notice it’s never the complete peloton at the line so tactically we must be good.

"For sure everyone will look to Cavendish as a threat but I think we have numerous options with guys like Janse van Rensburg, Gibbons and Renshaw too, so that puts us in a good position to have such a strong team."

After crashing out of the Tour de France in July, Cavendish is still on his way back to full fitness, and raced the Tour of Britain largely as a lead-out man for Edvald Boasson Hagen, who finished second overall.

With relatively few flat races remaining in the UCI calendar for 2017, Cavendish's schedule for the rest of the season remains to be be decided, although Paris-Tours could be an option.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.