What Will Mark Cavendish Bring To Deceuninck-Quickstep?

Joe Robinson 14 Jan 2021 Aged 35, Mark Cavendish admits he is not the rider he used to be. So why did Deceuninck-QuickStep sign him? Words: Joe Robinson Photography: Deceuninck-QuickStep The biggest cycling transfer for the 2021 season was that of a 35-year-old rider who has not won a bike race since the 8th February 2018 joining Deceuninck-QuickStep on what would be known in football terms as a free. This was not because the transfer market was particularly barren over the winter – Adam Yates joining Ineos Grenadiers and Chris Froome signing for Israel Start-Up Nation disprove that. It is just that when a rider like Mark Cavendish joins a new team, it is headline news. Even more so when his signature came from seemingly nowhere. After giving that tearful post-race interview at Gent-Wevelgem last season, it looked as if Cavendish’s career was over. His contract with Bahrain-McLaren was up ...

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