Cavendish to miss Vuelta

Mark Cavendish will not take part in the Vuelta a Espana despite returning to racing last week.

The 29-year-old Manxman had been included in a long-list of potential participants by organisers of the Spanish Grand Tour, but was not in the final nine-man Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad released on Monday.

Cavendish, who was hurt in a crash on the opening stage of the Tour, returned to action in last week's Tour de l'Ain but is not yet in the sort of shape needed for a three-week Grand Tour.

Without him, Omega Pharma-Quick Step will focus on helping former Team Sky rider Rigoberto Uran challenge the likes of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana in the general classification of the Vuelta, which starts on August 23.