Mark Cavendish (Measurement Information) returns to race the Ghent Six Day this week for the primary time since profitable in 2016 with Bradley Wiggins.
Cavendish will pair with the “king” of the Ghent Six Day, Iljo Keisse (Deceuninck-Fast-Step). The duo positioned 2nd in 2014.
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“It’s truly just right, it’s all the time particular to come back right here to Kuipke [Velodrome], Ghent, for me it’s the Excursion de France of monitor biking,” Cavendish instructed Sporza. “It’s much more particular using right here with the king.
“The monitor is particular, when you’re a child, you dream of using right here. I rode the UIV cup, I’d plead afterwards to look at the professionals. It’s no longer simple in any respect [to race here]. It’s an success in biking, needless to say.”
Cavendish comes off a few seasons held up through the Epstein-Barr Virus. The Six Day races are compatible completely into his time table going against 2020.
He final raced at the street in Paris-Excursions, October 13, and final month, he rode the London Six Day.
“I’ve just right shape, I feel. I’m satisfied have been I’m. I’ve been coaching for this. I’ve been in Mallorca, coaching at the street and at the monitor within the afternoon,” he persisted.
“Using a 166-metre monitor is other, that’s why I come to Belgium early to coach up to conceivable to be in a position for the race.
“You need to be skilled, it’s all the time the similar, even if I’m in the most efficient shape. I don’t suppose I’m by myself, the primary two nights, the psychological fatigue and pressure get you extra drained than the true legs, simply looking to procedure all of the knowledge coming temporarily. A lap is 9 seconds right here. That’s numerous issues going down at the monitor.”
Keisse gained the six day in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018. For Cav, the 2019 version marks an finish of the season and run with Workforce Measurement Information. He’s going to transfer to group Bahrain-McLaren in 2020.
“It simply adore it. I all the time attempt to do the monitor. If I had truly exhausting street yr, I want a damage after, however with being ill and issues… I didn’t do the Excursion de France for example, so I don’t truly want the damage and it’s higher to race than to coach,” stated Cavendish.
“And the chance to trip in Ghent, you don’t let that chance to move. To race in Ghent with Iljo, it’s one thing particular. If it’s one thing you’ll be able to do, you do.”