Cavendish began Ghent-Wevelgem as a part of Bahrain-McLaren’s seven-man staff and stunned many when he made the day’s breakaway, which was reined in slightly below 70 kilometres from the road within the 232.5km race from Ypres to Wevelgem.
Mads Pedersen, the previous world champion, gained the race which acted as a warm-up race to subsequent Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, whereas Florian Sénéchal took runners-up spot forward of Matteo Trentin, who was third in a fiercely fought version of the race.
After favourites Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert had cancelled one another out a lot of the post-race chatter was anticipated to encompass what went unsuitable for 2 of the most important names in biking proper now. Nonetheless, the potential retirement of Cavendish, the most effective sprinter of a era having gained 30 levels on the Tour de France, could imply that exact dialog could also be placed on the back-burner for now.
In the meantime in Italy, Ruben Guerreiro gained stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia as fellow Portuguese rider Joao Almeida retained the chief’s pink jersey entering into to Monday’s relaxation day.
Guerreiro picked up a second stage victory for EF Professional Biking as he broke the center of Ineos Grenadiers’ Jonathan Castroviejo within the last few hundred metres of the 208km stage to Roccaraso.
Joao Almeida crossed the road slightly underneath two minutes later however noticed his benefit lower to 30 seconds as Wilco Kelderman moved as much as second place with a late dig off the entrance of the peloton.
“The staff did an unbelievable job,” Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Almeida stated. “They had been good and it’s because of my team-mates that now I nonetheless put on the Maglia Rosa. I am additionally completely satisfied for my compatriot Guerreiro, he deserves the win!”
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