Cavendish to miss Tour of Britain
Mark Cavendish wins Sparkasse Giro 2009
Mark Cavendish will miss the Tour of Britain this year, opting instead to ride the Tour of Missouri (September 7-13).
This decision rmirrors the Manxman's 2008 schedule, where he also chose to ride in Missouri, claiming three stages.
With key Team Columbia-HTC lead-out men Mark Renshaw and George Hincapie - providing that he has recovered from his Tour collarbone fracture - at his side, it's a good bet that Cavendish will add to his tally of 20 wins this season in the American Midwest.
After his six-stage haul at the Tour de France, Cavendish has continued his prolific winning streak in recent weeks, taking the Sparkassen Giro and post-Tour criteriums in Aalst, Herentals and Roosendaal.
The 24 year-old is now due to take a short break before his next race, the Tour of Ireland (August 21-23).