Mark Cavendish to race Milan-San Remo and Gent-Wevelgem one-day Classics
Mark Cavendish will race both the Milan-San Remo and Gent-Wevelgem one-day Classics.
Last Updated: 05/03/14 11:00am
The Manxman has been added to the Belgian squad's line-up for Milan-San Remo on March 23 after the Pompeiana, a steep climb inside the last 20km, was removed from the route due to unsafe road conditions.
The alteration has swung the balance of the race in favour of sprinters and Cavendish will now bid to claim victory for the second time after his previous win in 2009.
Milan-San Remo is one of the biggest races on the calendar and is one of cycling's five one-day "Monuments".
Cavendish will also look to fulfill a long-held ambition to win Gent-Wevelgem on March 30, which has also been amended and now has good chance of finishing in a bunch sprint.
Cavendish said: "I'm very happy to be riding in Milano-San Remo, on the same route where I watched my heroes race and win when I was a kid.
"It will be fun and stimulating to ride on this route, which is making this race the only Classics monument for the sprinters. I'm also very happy to race in Belgium. I have never won Gent-Wevelgem."
Cavendish will prepare for Milan-San Remo by riding Strade Bianche, a one-day race in Italy, on Saturday, before racing the seven-day Tirreno-Adriatico next week.
The day after Gent-Wevelgem, he will be on the start-line at the three-day Driedaagse de Panne in Belgium, and will then look for a fourth victory at the one-day Scheldeprijs, also in Belgium, on April 9.