Joy For The Brits:
Since last week’s speculation over Mark Cavendish’s remaining programme for the season, it has now been confirmed that the former National and World Champion will ride 2014’s Tour of Britain. Despite having ridden his first race back at the Tour de l’Ain, Cavendish is still very much focused on recovery and a three week tour of Spain would only be detrimental to such goals. Announcing his appearance at this year’s Tour of Britain will go towards recouping some of the support from home fans which he missed out on at 2014’s Le Tour de France; after his disastrous Harrogate finish. Of course this now also means that the Brits can now cheer on both Cavendish and Wiggins at their own national tour.
Tinkoff Gets Stranger Still:
Having recently secured the marquee signing of Peter Sagan from the folding Cannondale, Tinkoff have now signed Giro champion and former doper Ivan Basso. The Italian’s results have been far from attention grabbing as of late, but he has somehow managed to gain a two year contract with Oleg Tinkov’s mad team for 2015 regardless.
A rider who has attracted attention for some impressive rides is HARIBO-Beacon’s James Shaw, with the 18 year old East Midlander heading to the Lotto-Belisol development squad for his debut year as a senior. Winning junior versions of both Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne have certainly raised his profile on the continent, but he will be no stranger to Belgium having spent previous years training over there as a junior.