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The Manx Missile returns

After being sidelined for months with the Epstein-Barr Virus, Team Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish narrowly missed out on winning the final stage of the Tour of Slovenia.

There’s a first time for everything, including a satisfying second place for Mark Cavendish. 

 “If you'd told me I'd be anywhere near a win this week, I'd have laughed at you,” Cavendish tweeted after the final stage of the race. “1st time I'm happy with 2nd.” 

 The 160km stage saw an early breakaway establish a gap on the peloton before being reeled in with about 10kms to go. Having saved their legs on Stage 3’s mountaintop finish, DiData put Cavendish in a very good position, which he repaid by nearly beating Sam Bennett to the line on his Cervelo S5.

“Eisel and Renshaw did a brilliant job on the final kilometers,” Cavendish said. “Then, BORA came and I went on the wheel of Bennett. I kicked and passed him but it didn’t work out at the end. However, it’s been really nice here in Tour de Slovénie. I have enjoyed myself and I’m very happy that I came here to race.”