Mark Cavendish leaves Tour de France
Dimension Data has enjoyed extraordinary success in the Tour de France this year. Among the highlights so far for the African team, stand out 4 stage wins by Mark Cavendish and one stage win by Steve Cummings.
After analysing Mark Cavendish’s workload from the previous stages and his current levels of fatigue, the Dimension Data Team has supported Cavendish leaving the Tour to give him the best opportunity to recover and prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio.
“After an extremely enjoyable and successful couple of weeks at The Tour de France with Team Dimension Data, it is with great sadness that I took the decision today to leave the race. After the heat and intensity of the previous stages, we analysed my fatigue levels and decided I’m at a point that would have a detrimental effect on my other big goal for the year, the Olympic Games. To leave a race and organisation that I hold so much respect for and a team that I have such a special bond with, has not been an easy decision at all. I want to say thank you to them, along with all the fans for their support and encouragement, today and over the past 16 stages. I wish Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and all the other competitors luck in the final few days into Paris, a special place that I will definitely miss the emotions of this year.”, said Mark Cavendish.
“Mark raced an incredible Tour de France, winning 4 stages and extending his palmarès to 30 stage wins at the Grand Boucle. He managed to put on his first ever Yellow jersey and to carry the Green jersey into the first rest day in Andorra was just exceptional. He has been a great team leader over the past two weeks and a great ambassador for everyone involved in this team and for the greater cause we ride for. Mark is really sad to leave the tour, we are committed to support him in his dream goal of receiving a medal for Britain at the Rio Olympic games.”, added Douglas Ryder, Team Principle.