Di­men­sion DATA TOB Best: GC Win 2015 & 2016 To­tal par­tic­i­pa­tions 7

Cycling Weekly - - TOUR OF BRITAIN -

There are per­ceived wrongs to be put right for Mark Cavendish; the Manx rider hasn’t won a stage of his home race since 2013, de­spite be­ing the head­line per­former in each of the last four edi­tions.

In the weeks lead­ing up to the race, the 33-year-old hasn’t had a heavy block of rac­ing but has a sprint team in­volv­ing Bern­hard Eisel and Scott Th­waites at his dis­posal. The African team’s hopes, though, go fur­ther than Cavendish: Welsh­man and first-year pro Scott Davies proved re­peat­edly at U23 level that he has the ca­pac­ity to sit in the up­per ech­e­lons of the gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Expect him to be given the li­cence to at­tack on stages that will de­ter­mine the over­all re­sult.

“I could pos­si­bly have a go up Whin­lat­ter but it will be hard to pre­dict,” Davies says. “I wouldn’t turn down any op­por­tu­nity to have a go be­cause there’s only a hand­ful of races we get to do in the UK each year.” Though a stel­lar line-up of sprint­ers is wait­ing to ex­ploit the flat stages, Davies be­lieves his team hold an ad­van­tage: “We have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and lot of the team have raced to­gether through­out the year, and that helps. “We are go­ing to hope­fully pick up stage wins, but if we can be in con­tention for the GC as well then that is some­thing we will aim to do.”

n CW says Davies could well steal the limelight from Cavendish, who should at the very least con­test the sprints like he used to.

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