Cavendish contemplates Champs Elysees retirement


Dash ace Mark Cavendish may stroll clear of biking after crowning his profession with the best-ever document of Excursion de France level wins, his crew boss Patrick Lefevere believes.

Cavendish himself credit Lefevere for relaunching his profession after discovering himself teamless in December at the again of a three-year barren spell and elderly 36.

Seven months later, with two bunch dash level wins at the 2021 version of the Excursion, Lefevere says Cavendish would possibly do smartly to think carefully about extending his contract some other yr.

“We went for dinner in June and Mark informed me he want to prolong his deal for an extra yr,” Deceuninck Fast-Step boss Lefevere published after his rider took his Excursion tally to 32 level wins, two at the back of all-time document holder Eddy Merckx.

“However after his wins, the state of affairs is totally other,” he stated.

There are 3 extra flat levels this week and two within the finals segment which might be sufficient to offer Cavendish the document.

“Consider for a second the dream state of affairs that he wins the (dash issues) inexperienced jersey at the Champs Elysees. Consider he wins his thirty fifth level at the Champs Elysee.”

“Neatly, perhaps he would say ‘that is it, it is in all places for me boss.'”

“I would not forestall him leaving then,” stated Lefevere.

“As a result of I’ve noticed some riders who take it 12 months too some distance.”

“Mark has an alternative choice now. He can cross out on a top — and the selection is his,” stated the Belgian.

On Monday, Lefevere once more hailed his dash guy.

“Mark was once perhaps a wonder, however he proved {that a} rider can at all times carry out if he is in a excellent temper and a excellent crew.

“He made a large number of effort, it is not by means of good fortune that he gained.”

What Cavendish did was once continue to exist the cut-off and provides himself a possibility to win extra levels in this Excursion de France on an afternoon different sprinters overlooked the time reduce and have been disqualified from proceeding.

Cavendish believes his climb to the highest of the Tignes slope will have been the best triumph of his glittering profession.

He cried on the end line as probably the most final males to make it previous the road earlier than the expulsions started some 37 mins after the winner Ben O’Connor.

“To have 3 teammates staying with me within the gruppetto (stragglers crew) for a horrendous level, it is been fantastic,” Cavendish stated with conviction.

“If we forestall now, it’s going to be one of the crucial superb Excursion de France levels I’m going to ever have had,” Cavendish stated on Monday of the difficult climb to ski-resort Tignes on a freezing level 9.

“I am so humbled and bodily damaged,” stated Cavendish, who stored the golf green jersey for perfect sprinter.

“That is the only level I used to be fearful of.”

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