British cycling ace Mark Cavendish will start off his season at subsequent month’s Cadel Evans Excellent Ocean Road race.
Occasion organisers have confirmed the 30-year-old sprinter will compete at the January 31 occasion.
It will also be Cavendish’s debut with Team Dimension Information.
Cavendish is the third-most prolific Tour de France stage winner with 26 and he won the 2011 planet road race championship.
His final Australian race was the 2011 Tour Down Below.
Cavendish is the very first big overseas rider to confirm he will commence at next year’s Cadel Evans race and he joins Australian pair Simon Gerrans and Rohan Dennis as the headline names in the field.
He is also the second large overseas cycling name to announce he will race this summer time in Australia, but not at the Tour Down Below.
The Adelaide event is Australia’s only top-level WorldTour race.
We wanted cycling’s greatest names in Victoria and that is exactly what we’ve got.
Victorian Tourism Minister John Eren
Last month, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome announce he will compete at the February Herald Sun Tour in Victoria.
The confirmations of Froome and Cavendish are a huge enhance for the profile of the Victorian events.
It also continues a trend exactly where massive names accept lucrative contracts to race early in the season at non-WorldTour events.
World champion Peter Sagan, final year’s Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali and this year’s Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana will all compete subsequent month at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.
“We wanted cycling’s biggest names in Victoria and that is exactly what we’ve got,” Victorian tourism minister John Eren mentioned in a statement.
“The top names belong in the state that does the big events greatest.
“We want the large sporting events in Victoria, simply because they mean jobs for locals and a stronger economy.”
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