LONDON – Mark Cavendish will be unable to chase Eddy Merckx's record of 34 Tour de France stage wins this year after the British sprinter was left out of Dimension Data's eight rider squad on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old "Manx Missile" has won 30 stages, and not missed a tour since his debut in 2007, but has suffered illness and injury in recent years.
Dimension Data did not give a reason for Cavendish's absence.
The 2011 world champion was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus in 2017 and pulled out of last year's European championships road race on medical advice.
He was disqualified from the Tour last year after failing to make the time cut on the 11th stage.