Mark Cavendish ‘heartbroken’ to miss Tour de France 2019

The sprinter wished his Team Dimension Data team mates safety and success

Mark Cavendish speaking at the UAE Tour press conference (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Mark Cavendish has said he's "heartbroken" by the Team Dimension Data management's decision to leave him out of the Tour de France line-up this year - his first absence from the race since his 2007 debut.

The Manx missile added that he's been following a specific training plan, designed to see him peak in July - and now feels he is in the "perfect place" to perform in France.

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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.