Tour France 2014 might be starting off in England but ironically this year there would be just 4 Brit riders. The English riders are naturally disappointed and leading British cyclist Mark Cavendish has already expressed great worries about sparse participation of Brit riders in Tour France this year.
This is the 2nd time in 8 years that Tour France officials decided to commence the most esteemed cycling event of the world from UK. It’s naturally a matter of great delight for the British cycling enthusiasts & hence Cavendish expected more number of British riders at the tour.
“Ideally, I would have preferred to see more number of Brit cyclists at the Tour France this year”, remarked the famous Omega Pharma rider.
Apart from Cavendish, the other 3 names participating in the prestigious championship are Simon Yates, Geraint Thomas & 2013 Tour France defending champ Chris Froome. Former tour France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins has been kept out from the championship by his team Team Sky & veteran rider David Millar wasn’t selected.
Wiggins’ absence at the 2014 Tour France is a huge blow both for his fans & fellow native riders. Ironically he was the first British to earn the Tour France trophy for his country in 2012. David was cut off from Garmin-Sharp outfit a few days ago.
“UK has been really successful over the past years in global cycling. This is one of the major reasons why Tour France decided to start at UK this year. It would have been great to see some more riders such as David, Bradley & the British riders who have achieved winning feats at Grand Tour race stages”, Cavendish added in saying that he is looking forward to win on the inaugural Tour France 2014 stage which ends at Harrogate – as Harrogate is his mom’s hometown.