Mark Cavendish leading the sprinting comeback kings

Manxman recaptures his form in France ahead of Tour of Britain

Three stage wins and the red jersey at the Giro d’Italia were still not enough to convince to part with their original plans and send Nacer Bouhanni to the Tour de France.

A bitterly disappointed Bouhanni, who was subsequently beaten to the French national title by the man who beat him to a Tour spot, Arnaud Demare, has since signed a contract to join Cofidis for next season.

Nacer Bouhanni celebrates victory on the second stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana. pic: ©Sirotti

Bouhanni, however, has bounced back – following a stage win at Ardooie at the Eneco Tour with victory on stage two of the Vuelta a Espana.

It was the 24-year-old’s fourth Grand Tour win of the season, having started the season without ever having won one, and was a reminder of what were missing at the Tour.

He was unable to follow it up on stage five, however, getting his tactics wrong and finding himself boxed in – despite his protestations otherwise.

Nevertheless, his move to Cofidis will seem him backed by a strong sprint train – with several new signings hand-picked by the Frenchman – but does see him drop down from WorldTour level.

If he can keep up the form he has shown this year, however, a maiden Tour de France stage win could well be in the offing in 2015.


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