Mark Cavendish will not participate in the Tour de France 2020

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Mark Cavendish will not participate in the 2020 Tour de France as Bahrain-McLaren have now confirmed their full squad for the race.

The British sprinter was hoping for a place in Bahrain’s roster in this year’s race, having joined the squad early in the season to work with his former coach and mentor Rod Ellingworth.

Ellingworth, who took over as team manager at Bahrain-McLaren last year, previously said Cavendish would need to win races to be selected for the Tour squad, but the player’s chances of 35 years were compromised when all races were suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cavendish, winner of 30 Tour de France stages, has suffered from illness and injury in recent seasons, and has not won a race since the 2018 Dubai Tour.

Instead, Bahrain-McLaren will be fully focused on the overall standings ambitions of Mikel Landa, who also rode for Ellingworth when both were at Team Sky.

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