Mark Cavendish has paid tribute to Bernhard Eisel after the 38-year-old introduced his retirement on Wednesday, pronouncing he and the Austrian had been “nearer than teammates, nearer than pals”. 

Cavendish and Eisel had been teammates for 10 years, driving in combination on the T-Cell/HTC organisation, and later at Staff Sky and Size Knowledge.

Cavendish became skilled with T-Cell in 2007, the similar yr Eisel joined from FDJ, with the Austrian turning into a key a part of the engine room that helped Cavendish to 20 Excursion de France degree wins in 4 years.

When Cavendish moved to Staff Sky in 2012, Eisel moved with him, and Cavendish received every other 3 Excursion levels, whilst Bradley Wiggins received the full name. Cavendish most effective lasted a yr at Sky sooner than shifting to QuickStep, however Eisel stayed with the British group for every other 3 years. 

The reunion got here at Size Knowledge in 2016, the place the pair, at the side of lead-out guy Mark Renshaw, blended as Cavendish received 4 levels at that yr’s Excursion. Issues turned into difficult within the following years, with Cavendish affected by Epstein-Barr virus and Eisel struggling a primary mind damage in 2018. Eisel returned to race a complete season in 2019 however, regardless of toying with the speculation of wearing on into 2020, introduced his retirement on Wednesday. 

“In fact cried studying this,” Cavendish wrote on social media in the case of the commentary issued by means of Eisel. 

“Nearer than teammates, nearer than pals, we are brothers. I may just by no means win an issue with you, however I may just by no means win anyplace close to the races I’ve with out you. Thanks for all you will have finished for me, the peloton and biking. Love you mate.”

In his commentary, Eisel had referred to himself, Cavendish, and Renshaw as ‘the 3 musketeers’, with the Manxman the closing of the trio nonetheless racing as Mark Renshaw additionally retired on the finish of closing season.

Cavendish will race for Bahrain-McLaren in 2020, hoping to go back to his perfect beneath the tutelage of his previous trainer Rod Ellingworth. 

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