Mark Cavendish will make his return to racing after the Tour de France at the Tour of Denmark, starting Wednesday in Silkeborg. Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team has scratched Tom Boonen from the roster due to a saddle sore.
“I think at Tour of Denmark we always have to pay attention to the crosswinds,” sport director Brian Holm said in a press release. “You never know what’s going to happen with the crosswinds at Denmark so you need to be awake.”
With a focus on Friday’s 200-kilometer third stage, Omega Pharma will support Cavendish and Andrew Fenn for the sprints, as well as Frantisek Rabon and Martin Velits for the general classification.
“I spoke to them about how they are going to have their chance,” said Holm. “But we have to pay attention to the steep little climb on Friday’s stage. Normally there’s about 10 riders at the finish if the race doesn’t spread out due to the crosswinds. Normally riders like Martin and Frantisek can do well and then hopefully also do well in the time trial on Saturday.”
Replaced by Julien Vermote in Denmark, Boonen will start the Eneco Tour on August 12.