August 31, 2017 / 2:25 PM / 10 months ago

Cavendish to return to action at Tour of Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish will return to action for the first time since a horrifying high-speed crash at the Tour de France as part of a strong Team Dimension Data outfit at the Tour of Britain, which begins in Scotland on Sunday.

File photo: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 14-km (8.7 miles) individual time-trial Stage 1 - Duesseldorf, Germany - July 1, 2017 - Dimension Data rider Mark Cavendish of Britain starts the stage. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The British rider, who broke his scapula on stage four in France when he ploughed into the barriers in a crash that led to world champion Peter Sagan being disqualified from the race, will be joined by 2015 winner Edvald Boasson Hagen and Mark Renshaw.

Africa-based Team Dimension Data also won last year’s race with Steve Cummings and are gunning for a hat-trick on the eight-stage race that concludes in Cardiff.

Cavendish is a 10-times stage winner on the Tour of Britain.

Team Sky have named a strong line-up for the race including Welshman Geraint Thomas - who has also been out of action since a crash in the Tour de France, where he wore the yellow jersey for the first few days - as well as Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani.

Reporting by Martyn Herman

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