Mark Cavendish avoids crashes in Tour of Slovenia as Luka Mezgec wins stage two

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Mark Cavendish suffered a mechanical problem to prevent him challenging stage winner Luka Mezgec (right)

Britain’s Mark Cavendish suffered a mechanical problem to prevent him competing in the sprint at the end of stage two of the Tour of Slovenia as home rider Luka Mezgec claimed victory.

Team Dimension Data rider Cavendish, 32, is racing his first event since three months out with glandular fever.

There were multiple crashes on wet roads in Ljubljana, but Cavendish said he “wasn’t near any” of the incidents.

Mezgec (Orica) stayed ahead of the crashes to also take the overall lead.

Italy’s Roberto Ferrari (Team UAE Emirates) finished second, with Cavendish’s Australian lead-out man Mark Renshaw in third.

“Felt much better than yesterday. Mechanical problem kept me out the sprint, but happy with the day,” Cavendish posted on social media.