Mark Cavendish (Bahrain McLaren) has indicated a attainable early retirement following the conclusion of Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Talking to Sporza in a post-race interview, and with tears in his eyes, Cavendish mentioned, “That’s maybe the final race of my profession now.”
Cavendish was a part of the breakaway throughout the males’s 232km race between Ypres and Wevelgem, after which he completed 74th place upon the conclusion of Gent-Wevelgem.
In a post-race interview with Sporza, Cavendish acknowledged that this might be his ultimate race, and when requested by Sporza to verify if it was the truth is the final race of his profession, Cavendish mentioned, “perhaps, sure.”
Cavendish’s assertion comes as a shock as he’s scheduled to compete at Scheldeprijs subsequent week on October 14 in Schoten, Belgium.
Cavendish has struggled for outcomes this season and began Gent-Wevelgem in a help position for his Bahrain McLaren teammate Dylan Teuns, who completed tenth. The crew indicated that Cavendish could be in a management position at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. Cavendish has received Scheldeprijs on three events in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Cavendish’s contract with Bahrain McLaren expires on the finish of this yr, nevertheless, crew supervisor Rod Ellingworth revealed on Saturday, from the Giro d’Italia, that negotiations between Cavendish and Bahrain McLaren for 2021 have been nonetheless on-going.
Ellingworth was talking to reporters firstly of stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia in Giovinazzo, the place he was requested about Cavendish’s future at Bahrain McLaren and he mentioned, “We’re nonetheless figuring out the roster for subsequent yr. We’re engaged on it.”
Reporters additional requested Ellingworth if deadlines have been set to determine on whether or not Cavendish will proceed with Bahrain McLaren, and if he anticipated Cavendish would race on into 2021, and he mentioned, “There’s a lot occurring with groups folding and so forth, so we’re maintaining all the things open in the intervening time. However I am positive he will keep racing, yeah.”
Cavendish didn’t take part within the Tour de France with Bahrain McLaren this yr, after the crew put their efforts behind GC chief Mikel Landa. At the moment, nevertheless, Cavendish mentioned he wasn’t able to compete on the Tour de France, significantly on account of this yr’s powerful mountainous parcours and since he did not have sufficient race-day preparation on account of COVID-19 pandemic.
Cavendish has competed on the Tour de France from 2007 by means of 2018, and he has received 30 phases of the French Grand Tour. Nevertheless, he hasn’t competed on the Tour de France since 2018. He didn’t compete within the Tour with Dimension Knowledge in 2019, after the crew didn’t choose him to the roster. He had recovered from an extended wrestle with Epstein-Barr virus and mentioned he was able to carry out on the Tour de France final yr.
Docs first identified Cavendish with Epstein-Barr in 2017, however a blood take a look at forward of the Tour of California final Might, confirmed that he was under the brink for being sick with the virus for the primary time in two years.
Cavendish, 35, is taken into account probably the greatest highway sprinters of all time in skilled biking. He has had an illustrious profession within the sport, and alongside his 30 stage wins on the Tour de France, he has additionally received 15 phases on the Giro d’Italia, 3 phases on the Vuelta a España, 10 phases on the Tour of California, Milan-San Remo in 2009, and the elite males’s highway race world title in 2011. Cavendish’s profession extends past highway racing and onto the observe, the place he’s a three-time world champion within the Madison.
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@MarkCavendish what a tremendous race you’re driving mate.So beautiful to look at! 🌈👊🏼October 11, 2020