'I took a week or so off the bike to get my head straight': Mark Cavendish ready for return to racing in Poland

The Manxman will come up against competition from Fernando Gaviria and Pascal Ackermann for stage victories

Mark Cavendish at the Tour of California 2019 (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Speaking on the eve of his return to racing at the Tour of Poland, Mark Cavendish has revealed he took some time off the bike to deal with his omission from Dimension Data's Tour de France squad.

After beating the Epstein Barr virus that has plagued his career for the past two years, the sprinter was looking toward competing at full strength and adding to his 30 Tour stage wins.

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