Cavendish rues lack of British riders at Tour

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

LEEDS, England (AP) — When the Tour de France begins on Saturday in Leeds, only four British riders will be on the starting line. And it's eating up Mark Cavendish.

With cycling's showcase event starting in Britain for the second time in eight years, the ace sprinter would have expected a stronger presence from the local hopes.

Cavendish, who rides for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, said on Thursday, "In an ideal world I'd have liked to have seen more Brits at this Tour de France."

Alongside Cavendish, the three other British riders involved in the three-week race are defending champion Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates. Former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins and veteran David Millar were not been selected by their respective teams.

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