Mark Cavendish back on the start line at Italian stage race

The Brit has been listed as a starter for the five day Adriatica Ionica, kicking off on Thursday

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mark Cavendish will begin the five day Adriatica Ionica race on Thursday, marking his return to racing following the surprise Tour de France omission which the Manx sprinter said left him "heartbroken."

The 34-year-old has been listed as part of a seven rider Team Dimension Data line-up for the UCI 2.1 ranked race in Italy, which is now embarking on its second edition.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.