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Cavendish to return at Six Day London this year

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Mark Cavendish will return to race in Six Day London this October.

The 32-year-old former world champion has finished second in each of the past two editions, and has announced he will look to go one better at the Lee Valley VeloPark between October 23-28.

Cavendish teamed up with fellow Manxman Peter Kennaugh last year, narrowly missing out on the title to Australian pair Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson in a season otherwise ruined by illness and injury.

He has struggled with injury again this year, confirming last week he would miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games after suffering a second fractured rib in a crash at Milan-Sanremo.

But he intends to keep his promise to return to Six Day London again - with the goal of becoming the first British winner of the event since Tony Gowland partnered with Belgian Patrick Sercu in 1972. The event was not held between 1980 and 2014.

"Any Six Day is hard graft," the 30-time Tour de France stage winner said.

"It's mentally and physically exhausting. The crowd are amazing in London and really keep you going throughout the six days so I wanted to come back again for them.

"I am definitely in it to win it and I will give my all to give the crowd a home win. It won't be easy though, there's always a really strong field in London."

Cavendish out of the Commonwealth Games

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Mark Cavendish, the 30-times Tour de France stage winner, has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games following a crash at Milan-San Remo last weekend.

The 32-year-old was due to represent the Isle of Man on the Gold Coast, but after sustaining a broken rib and damaged ankle has adjusted his race schedule and will no longer be travelling to Australia.

Cavendish said: "Although it's ultimately positive news that there's been no serious damage sustained following the crash I am hugely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games."

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