Mark Cavendish is aiming to close in on Eddy Merckx's stage wins record after being named in Team Dimension Data's squad for the Tour de France.

Cavendish has won 30 stages in his career and is only four short of equalling the Belgian's total.  

The 33-year-old was forced to pull out of the Tour last year after breaking his shoulder in a stage four crash and was also involved in two high-speed accidents this March when he broke his ribs and injured his ankle. 

However, he is now fit and ready to take on cycling's biggest challenge.

"I'm so excited to be able to ride the Tour de France again in my career," he said.

"I'll be looking at getting closer to that record of Eddy Merckx.

"The Tour de France is not only the biggest cycling event on the planet but it's one of the biggest sporting events on the planet."

The Tour begins in Noirmoutier-en-l’lle on July 7.