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Mark Cavendish pledges 2015 Tour appearance

Mark Cavendish has been on Twitter today for an impromptu Q&A session. He has been asked about his diet, racing rituals and techniques as well as his hobbies and interests.

As expected though, many fans have been asking about the shoulder injury he suffered on Stage One of the Tour de France:


.@mjmjcj it's on the mend thank you. I have some great people helping me out.

Asked whether he thought Team Sky would regret not putting Bradley Wiggans and Chris Froome in their line up, especially following Froome's injury and withdrawal, Cavendish was carefully diplomatic in his response:

But he is determined to be back up and running in good time to compete for next year's Tour.


Hull plays host to elite cycle race

The country's top cyclists are in Hull today, competing in one of the most elite road races in Britain. It comes just days after the roaring success of Yorkshire's Grand Depart.

Country's elite riders will race in Hull
Country's elite riders will race in Hull

The city is playing host to the British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships, which has seen many high profile riders topping the podium over the years, including former road world champion Mark Cavendish and Yorkshire's Lizzie Armitstead.

The championships are fiercely contested by the country’s top professional riders who will be battling it out for the honour of wearing the red, white and blue striped jersey of British national champion for the next 12 months. The women's race is scheduled to start at 6.15pm with the men's at 8.15.

Cavendish to miss Commonwealth Games with injury

Mark Cavendish will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and faces around six weeks out following his Tour de France-ending crash on stage one in Harrogate last Saturday.

Cavendish crashes in Harrogate
Cavendish crashes in Harrogate

The 29-year-old from the Isle of Man ruptured all ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint and a separated shoulder as he sought a first yellow jersey of his career, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team has confirmed.

"The surgery to stabilize the AC joint will take place on Wednesday, July 9," the Belgian squad said in a statement.

"The recovery time after the surgery will be around six weeks."

It means the Manxman will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Legendary cyclist to be named Freeman of Leeds

Legendary cyclist Beryl Burton will soon have her name engraved into a plaque in Leeds commemorating a select few freemen of the city.

She was born in Leeds in 1937 and died in 1996 having dominated women's cycling during her career.

She won more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles.


Legendary cyclist Beryl Burton to be added to list of Freemen of the City of Leeds @itvcalendar_tdf @itvcalendar


Olympic standard velodrome to open in York

A new Olympic-size outdoor velodrome has been unveiled in York.

The 250 metre track at the York Sports Village is being hailed as another example of the legacy of the Tour de France.

It cost £1.1 million and has been jointly funded by York University and British Cycling.

It will be accessible to all, from beginners to elite cyclists, and it is hoped it will help produce the next crop of British champions.

John Shires went to see it:

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