Rumours Mark Cavendish will sign for another WorldTour team
Cavendish is out of contract at Lefevere's team and was left off the Tour de France squad at the start of July, Cavendish says he has no plans to retire after missing out on this year’s race
Despite missing out on selection for the Tour de France this year, Mark Cavendish (Quick Step Alpha-Vinyl) says he has no plans to retire from racing.
Cavendish is currently tied with the all-time great, Eddy Merckx, on a record 34 Tour stage wins, but missed out on selection for this year’s Tour after his team favoured Fabio Jakobsen.
Cavendish, who recently won his second British National road title, says he still has ambitions to return to the Tour de France in search of a record 35th stage win, even if it seems that the Manx rider will need to find a new team to do so.
Cavendish recently said “I know I’ll win again. It is what it is, obviously I’d love to do it, I’ve always built my whole career around it. But I’m a professional at the end of the day, I ride for a team, there’s 30 riders on the team… you’ve ultimately got to take the emotion out of it, and look at it as a kind of a job I guess.”
The only thing I regret is that I know I was in the form to win at the Tour de France. I’m in my best form for easily a decade, you know, and it’s kind of like when you think that’s gone to waste a bit, that can be hard.
Missing out on Tour de France selection, saw Cavendish return home and take part in the Gran Fondo Isle of Man, finishing eighth out of a field of more than 200 riders. Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers) also took part in the event.
There are rumours that Israel Premier Tech and EF Education-EasyPost are interested in signing Cavendish on a two year contract.
B&B Hotels is rumoured to be signing Carrefour as a sponsor and having a load more budget available. Cavendish is probably the best available sprinter and with the record on the line will help B&B Hotels secure a wildcard spot for next year’s Tour de France. They’re under pressure from the Norwegian Uno-X team who have been vocal about the attacking racing they would do if they were invited.
Bora Hansgrohe are another mentioned option due to their use of Specialized bikes, a favourite of Cavendish’s. They already have Sam Bennett, although it’s not been the greatest of seasons for the Irish rider. It feels unlikely other than the bike links.
Intermarche Wanty Gobert is another potential, with Alexander Kristoff all but confirmed as moving to Uno-X, that leaves a space for a sprinter. There is competition there in the form of Biniam Girmay, who the team has signed to a long contract and also Danny van Poppel who has been racing this year’s Tour de France. At the moment, other than B&B splashing the cash to get their man, this feels like the best potential spot for Mark Cavendish.
Every WorldTour team knows Cavendish will be looking for that elusive 35th stage win come next July.
The transfer market opens up on August 1st.