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Cavendish set to miss Giro d'Italia

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Mark Cavendish could be set to miss the Giro d'Italia as he concentrates on Tour de France success.

Cavendish has raced in the Giro d'Italia every year since 2010 when he took part in the Tour of California and Tour of Switzerland instead.

The Brit then went on to win five stages in the Tour de France, which is why it may be in his best interest to miss the Giro this year after he admitted that the race last year took a lot out of him before the Tour de France.

Cavendish only won two stages in last year race and looked a shadow of his former self. He was out sprinted by German rider Marcel Kittel who won four stages including the sprint on the Champs-Elysees. Omega Pharma-Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere was impressed with Cavendish at last years Giro but wants him to be on top form going into the Tour de France.

According to Cycling News, Lefevere said: "When Mark starts a race, he very rarely abandons it. Last year he won five stages at the Giro because once he had a taste for winning he wanted to keep on going.

"He went very deep last year to win those five stages and take the points jersey and so he didn't recover well enough in time for the tour. And we want to avoid that at all costs."

The missile has missed the last three events that his team have taken part in due to illness but is set to return for the Tour of Turkey at the end of April.

Whilst being out of action he missed Gent-Wevelgem, Three Days of De Panne and Scheldeprijs.

Lefevere will discuss Cavendish's next plan of action in the coming weeks.

The team manager said: "It's almost certain he'll do the Tour of Turkey and after that we'll have to decide between the Tour of California and the Giro.

"If he doesn't do the Giro, then he'll do California and the Tour of Switzerland before the Tour."

Cavendish will have added pressure on his shoulders at this years Tour de France with the first stage finishing with a sprint into Harrogate which is his mums hometown, giving him the chance to wear the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

"If, as a British man, he can win the opening stage in Britain, then it's certainly going to be a huge pressure.

"But like all great riders, there's a part of him that loves that pressure too."

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