Bahrain McLaren supervisor Rod Ellingworth has revealed that negotiations between Mark Cavendish and his present group over whether or not the veteran sprinter will proceed within the squad in 2021 are nonetheless ongoing.
Cavendish, 35, is ready to participate in Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, doubtless in a assist function, earlier than main the group at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, a race he has gained a number of occasions prior to now and at which he had his breakthrough victory in 2007.
Cavendish signed with Bahrain-McLaren at first of the yr in a bid to reboot his profession however has struggled, to date, to provide main outcomes.
Talking to reporters at first of stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia, and requested about Cavendish’s future with the squad, Ellingworth stated “we’re nonetheless figuring out the roster for subsequent yr. We’re engaged on it.”
Requested if deadlines have been set to determine on whether or not Cavendish will proceed with the group and if he anticipated Cavendish would race on into 2021, Ellingworth stated, “there’s a lot occurring with groups folding and so forth, we’re maintaining every part open in the intervening time. However I am certain he will keep racing, yeah.”
Ellingworth additionally confirmed that one other star Bahrain-McLaren rider, Mikel Landa, is not going to be main the group within the upcoming Vuelta a España as had been rumoured in some quarters.
“We have got a number of good choices, Matej [Mohoric] will go, Wout [Poels] will go, probably [2019 Vuelta leader] Dylan Teuns. It is a respectable group with a few of the younger guys as nicely. Nevertheless it’s not a full Grand Tour, so it’s going to perhaps give the younger guys a chance. However Mikel was by no means planning to trip the Vuelta.”
As for the Giro d’Italia, the place Pello Bilbao is mendacity second total, Ellingworth was assured concerning the Basque rider’s probabilities.
“We have got a great group right here, not many of those guys have raced a lot collectively, so each day they’re solely going to get higher. Pello is feeling actually good and we got here right here with an actual open perspective, and we appreciated that was a tough flip round for him after doing the Tour.
“So we’re taking it on the daily and his first goal is to remain up on GC and attempt to win the bike race if he can.”
Ellingworth stated he had nothing however reward for Bilbao’s perspective to the Giro, describing it as “world-class, ten out of ten. If he comes off GC, it will not be as a result of he is simply given up, it’s going to be as a result of he is mentally burned out.
“However in the intervening time he is actually having fun with all of it, and having fun with the race.”
Ellingworth admitted that the continuing and steadily worsening COVID-19 state of affairs, with ongoing shutdowns and the hypothesis over whether or not the Giro would end, made for appreciable added stress. And he argued that underneath such circumstances, staying focussed – as Bilbao was doing – was much more essential than standard.
“I believe there’s psychological fatigue with this season, when it comes to folks feeling a little bit bit prefer it’s lengthy, for everyone, even when they have not performed a lot racing. Usually they’d be drained as a result of they’ve performed the entire season, however in the intervening time it simply feels very unusual.”
“When it comes to the place we’re at within the season, we’re doing nicely. [But] I’ve simply had a gathering with the riders and with every part going off in the intervening time, I’ve informed them that the group that stays robust mentally, that is the group that is going to win.”