Mark Cavendish will proceed his season – and his profession – when he strains up alongside teammates Sonny Colbrelli and Dylan Teuns, who’ll each lead Bahrain McLaren on the Tour of Flanders this weekend.
Since his emotional post-race interview at Gent-Wevelgem final weekend, when the 35-year-old mentioned that he could have ridden his final race, Cavendish has resolved to attempt to race once more subsequent season, and went on to trip Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs, and can now line up for Flanders this weekend, which can be for less than the third time in his profession.
The 2011 street race world champion has struggled for kind lately on the again affected by the Epstein-Barr virus in 2017, however advised reporters forward of Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs: “I do not wish to cease. I like this sport. I give my life to this sport and I might wish to proceed driving my bike.”
Your entire squad for the Tour of Flanders – accomplished by Chun Kai Feng, Marco Haller, Luka Pibernik and Fred Wright – lined the ultimate 80km of this yr’s 243km race on a reconnaissance trip on Friday.
Colbrelli has a finest end of tenth on the 2017 version of Flanders, however feels that this yr’s barely shorter, rescheduled race ought to go well with him.
“It went very easily,” the 30-year-old Italian mentioned of the recon trip. “The climbs are trying good.
“This race fits me, and I’ve by no means stored it a secret that my dream is to win the Tour of Flanders in the end. In current races, I’ve had some crashes, however I am feeling good and I am motivated. Will probably be essential to remain in a superb place,” Colbrelli mentioned.
Sports activities director Tristan Hoffman – who completed fifth at Flanders in 2000 and eighth in 1999 – added: “I am excited for Sunday and the riders are, too, for certain. It is one of many greatest races on this planet and we’re trying ahead to it.
“We’ve a mixture of expertise and youth in our line-up. We’ve two leaders, Dylan Teuns and Sonny Colbrelli, who may have all of the help from their teammates to attempt to be there within the finale and get a superb consequence. All our riders are in good situation and are feeling good,” the Dutchman mentioned.
Bahrain McLaren for the 2020 Tour of Flanders: Mark Cavendish, Sonny Colbrelli, Chun Kai Feng, Marco Haller, Luka Pibernik, Dylan Teuns, Fred Wright