Mark Cavendish is a logo of his era and an inspiration for Milan-San Remo, says Elia Viviani (Fast-Step Flooring).
Cavendish counts 30 Tour de France stage wins up to now and a Monument title that Viviani covets, a victory on the By way of Roma in San Remo, Italy.
The British sprinter was solely 23 years previous and racing in his debut Milan-San Remo when he shot from the pack and sprinted previous Heinrich Haussler for the 2009 win.
“And have you learnt who gave me essentially the most sudden compliments? Cavendish. Sure, from Mark. My direct rival, the sharpest, on the highway and on the monitor. He stated I used to be the very best. And I returned the praise instantly,” Viviani advised Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I’ve all the time seen Cavendish because the image of the era simply earlier than mine, and there have been many challenges. And if there’s a method for me to win San Remo, it’s in his method. Seated and sprinting, a trackie within the final metres. I’d prefer to win similar to him, in a day of grace.”
Cavendish received Milan-San Remo with HTC-Highroad. He went on to win the world championship, phases within the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, and inexperienced jersey within the Tour.
He rode for Groups Sky, Fast-Step – now Viviani’s house – and Dimension Information the place he’ll stay in 2019.
Cavendish is preventing to get again to his profitable methods after a 2018 season marred by the Epstein-Barr virus. He begins his 2019 season at Argentina’s Tour de San Juan on January 27.
Viviani begins on January 15 in Australia’s Tour Down Below, and with Fernando Gaviria transferring to UAE Staff Emirates, he can be Fast-Step’s out-right dash chief.
After profitable 4 phases within the 2017 Giro d’Italia, Fast-Step is predicted to take Viviani to the Tour for the primary time in his profession subsequent 12 months.
First nevertheless, he goals for one of many massive ones for each Italians and sprinters: Milan-San Remo in March.
“Earlier than I went to see the opposite riders and the opposite groups, I attempted to be taught, to steal some particulars,” he stated of watching what occurred when Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) rode to victory within the 2018 Milan-San Remo.
“Now they arrive to us, they confer with me, and I prefer it. I’m pondering of San Remo, I trip from my house in Monaco and trip the Cipressa and Poggio climb. I do know that if I’ve to try this further, I’ll do it, however in a relaxed method.”
Viviani broke by means of final season on the highway with 4 Giro stage wins, the Italian championship and three phases within the Vuelta a España. He then knew he had made the precise resolution to interrupt his Staff Sky contract a 12 months early to hitch Fast-Step in 2018.
His essential 2019 purpose is Milan-San Remo, however like this March, he stated you by no means understand how you are feeling till you start sprinting within the final metres of the 300-kilometre race. He stated his legs died on him as he tried to dash to second behind solo Nibali. He completed in 19th place.
The Italian monument is scheduled for March 23 in 2019. Ghent-Wevelgem comes one week later. Viviani will attempt for revenge in Belgium, one 12 months after Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) got here round him on the final second.