The 2020 Tour of Flanders simply had a shock addition to the beginning record, as Mark Cavendish will trip the Belgian Monument for the primary time since 2011.
However the race can even be lacking one of many favourites, as CCC Group’s Greg Van Avermaet has determined to overlook the race after struggling a number of fractures in Liege-Bastogne-Liege earlier this month.
Cavendish has been racing the Classics block in Belgium in current weeks by a number of uncertainty for the Manxman.
The 35-year-old has been in talks along with his Bahrain-McLaren group for a brand new contract past 2020, whereas the coronavirus pandemic has resulted within the cancellation of some Classics.
However regardless of fearing Ghent-Wevelgem final weekend might have been the final race of his profession, Cavendish will return to the cobbled roads of Belgium for the Tour of Flanders on Sunday (October 18).
Cavendish has solely raced Flanders twice in his profession, in 2010 and 2010, abandoning the race on his debut after which ending a hundred and tenth the next yr.
However the Manxman has taken on a special function in Belgium this autumn, leaping into the breakaway of Ghent-Wevelgem and is more likely to assist Sonny Colbrelli on Sunday.
Flanders isn’t anticipated to be Cavendish’s final race of the yr nevertheless, as he’s additionally anticipated to line up within the Three Days of De Panne subsequent week.
In the meantime, Van Avermaet had hoped to race in Flanders, which is a big purpose for the Belgian, however after struggling a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in a crash two weeks prior, he left the choice on whether or not to start out till the ultimate moments.
He has now opted to skip the race, for concern of crashing once more and compounding his accidents.
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Van Avermaet mentioned: “This was probably the most troublesome choices I’ve needed to make in my racing profession. I believe my coronary heart is saying one factor and my head is saying one other however on the finish of the day, I do know the neatest determination is to not race on Sunday.
“I wouldn’t wish to race Ronde van Vlaanderen simply to make up the numbers or to complete in fiftieth place. It’s a race I nonetheless dream of profitable however that received’t be taking place in 2020. Now, I’ll consider my restoration and provides my physique the very best likelihood to heal forward of the 2021 season.”
As a substitute Matteo Trentin will lead CCC.