what did you miss: team dimension data omit cavendish

06:30    03 Jul 2019

Mark Cavendish of Britain
South Africa's Team Dimension Data have announced their eight riders for the 2019 Tour de France which gets underway in Brussels on 6 July.

Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen has been included in the team and he is one of a handful, who have represented the team at every one of its appearances at the race since 2015.

He has won three stages of the Tour and comes into the race in good form with three wins under his belt this year, looking to again peak on the biggest stage.

However, Mark Cavendish was not included in the team and he will take part in the Tour de France for the first time since 2007.

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The experienced cyclist has won two Tour de France stages, both coming after he was involved in breakaways.

Dimension Data decided to include Giacomo Nizzolo, who will be making his debut at Tour de France, having won the final stage at the recent Tour of Slovenia.

The Italian, who has raced seven Giro dÍtalia’s, brings a huge amount of experience into the line-up.

Team Dimension Data Tour de France 2019 team:

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Stephen Cummings, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Michael Valgren, Roman Kreuziger, Giacomo Nizzolo, Ben King, Lars Bak.

Martinelli becomes Arsenal's first signing

English giants Arsenal FC have announced the signing of Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli.

The highly-rated attacker has joined the Premier League club from Brazilian side Ituano Futebol Clube on a long-term contract.

Martinelli becomes the Gunners' first signing ahead of the 2019/20 season which is scheduled to start in August 2019.

Arsenal released the following statement on Tuesday:

"Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli is joining us from Ituano Futebol Clube on a long-term contract. Gabriel has made rapid progress during his short time at Ituano."

"Since making his debut in November 2017 aged just 16 years and nine months, the young forward scored 10 goals from his 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club."

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"The 18-year-old’s development was also recently acknowledged by the Brazilian national team, with a call-up to the full squad for a training camp in May ahead of the Copa America."

"Gabriel was voted as the 2019 Best Newcomer and also a member of the 2019 Team of the Year for the Campeonato Paulista - the football league for the state of Sao Paulo."

"The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Gabriel will shortly join up with his new teammates for pre-season training," a club statement read.

Martinelli will be hoping to emulate his countrymen Gilberto Silva, Edu and Silvinho, who had successful spells with Arsenal.

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