Mark Cavendish to miss Ghent-Wevelgem: 'the classics don't make you faster'

British sprint star Mark Cavendish will miss Ghent-Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday in order to stay fresh for his main season goals, including the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish in 2017 Milan-San Remo.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Mark Cavendish's Dimension Data team say that he could pay the price as a top sprinter if he pushes himself through classics like Ghent-Wevelgem. He will not race the Belgian classic on Sunday for the second consecutive year.

Scott Thwaites, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tyler Farrar led the race in the E3 Harelbeke on Friday, and on the nearby roads to Wevelgem on Sunday. They stepped off the team's temporary grey caravan this morning while Rolf Aldag, the team's performance manager, went over last-minute details with a helper.

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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.