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Cavendish targets Tour of Britain ride

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Mark Cavendish missed the Commonwealth Games due to surgery © Getty Images
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Mark Cavendish says he wants to ride the Tour of Britain after missing out on a place at the Vuelta a Espana.

Cavendish was left out of Omega Pharma-Quick-Step's team for the Vuelta, which begins on Saturday, and will instead turn his attentions to next month's Tour of Britain.

"One thing is for sure, I would like to be at the start for the Tour of Britain for another chance to race in front of British fans again this year which holds lots of fond memories," he said.

"My goal there will be to do the best I possibly can depending on the condition I'm in."

Cavendish had surgery on a dislocated collarbone last month following a crash on the opening stage of the Tour de France.

The Briton was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games as he continued to recover from the problem. He returned to competitive action in last week's Tour de l'Ain but is not ready for a Grand Tour, and is now focusing on being fully fit for the Tour of Britain, which begins on September 7.

"After the injury both myself and the Team set a goal to get slowly back into a race environment at the Tour de l'Ain which I've now done," he said.

"It was not an easy race for me because naturally my shoulder was still bothering me a little as it continues to get stronger each day. Now the next step is another shorter stage race at Poitou Charents.

"We will continue to monitor my condition week by week; as things stand it's impossible to know how I'll be feeling each week considering the severity of the injury and the accelerated recovery time."

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