A tearful Mark Cavendish hinted on Sunday that he may need raced for the ultimate time. The 30-times Tour de France stage winner, one of many biggest sprinters the game of biking has ever seen, was talking following the conclusion of Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium.
Cavendish spent a lot of the 232km race within the breakaway earlier than it was reeled in, and was clearly in an emotional state within the combined zone afterwards. “That’s maybe the final race of my profession now,” he informed native broadcaster Sporza, taking off his sun shades and wiping his eyes. Requested whether or not he felt it actually was the ultimate race, he added “perhaps, sure” earlier than biking away.
Cavendish, 35, has had a tough few years following a unprecedented season in 2016 which noticed him decide up a world Madison title, 4 Tour de France phases, a silver medal within the omnium on the Olympics, and one other silver on the world highway race championships.
The 2011 highway world champion has not received a World Tour race for over two years after a horrible crash, lacking the very best a part of two seasons with Epstein-Barr virus, and has admitted struggling with psychological well being points.
Cavendish signed a one-year contract with Bahrain-McLaren for this season. Crew supervisor Rod Ellingworth, talking on the Giro d’Italia earlier this weekend, urged that negotiations between Cavendish and Bahrain McLaren for 2021 had been nonetheless on-going. The British rider had been anticipated to line up at Schelderprijs, a race he has received thrice, on Wednesday, however his newest feedback make each his look at that race or some other future one unsure.