Mark Cavendish was again racing his bike at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday and reiterated his want to experience on into 2021.
On Sunday, the 35-year-old had tearfully contemplated the potential finish of his outstanding profession, suggesting after Gent-Wevelgem that it may need been his closing outing.
However removed from indicating an imminent retirement, the Manxman was as an alternative attempting to course of the twin uncertainty of his contract scenario and the ultimate weeks of a racing calendar which stays in peril as coronavirus instances enhance throughout Europe.
Talking forward of Wednesday’s race, Cavendish – out of contract this winter – insisted he was not trying to cease simply but.
“I don’t have the will to cease, I don’t need to cease,” the previous world champion mentioned. “I like this sport, I’ve given my life to this sport. I’d wish to preserve using my bike. That’s it actually…
“It’s good to be right here, I bought my first skilled win right here in 2007, and to see the race go on. I’m tremendous completely happy to be right here.”
When Cavendish spoke on Sunday, there have been rumours that Scheldeprijs – already redesigned to happen fully inside Belgium on a circuit round Schoten – may comply with the likes of this weekend’s Amstel Gold Race and Paris-Roubaix in being cancelled.
However the race went forward and the 30-time Tour de France stage winner made himself outstanding by getting in an eight-man breakaway till dropping again to the peloton with 35 kilometres left.
As he did so, he was warmly applauded by spectators alongside the roadside, the place the message “Thanks Cav” had been painted in massive letters – simply in case the top is nearing.
The hope stays that it isn’t, with Bahrain-McLaren staff principal Rod Ellingworth having mentioned final week that talks are ongoing with the staff’s roster for 2021 not but full. Ellingworth, Cavendish’s long-time coach, had mentioned he anticipated Cavendish to race subsequent yr.
Caleb Ewan took the race win, with Eire’s Sam Bennett – getting ready to start out the Vuelta a Espana subsequent week – settling for eighth place as he was boxed in for the ultimate dash.
Bahrain-McLaren have but to announce their staff for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, however it’s anticipated Cavendish may line up for each that and subsequent week’s AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.