Britains most winningest ever pro cyclist Mark Cavendish will be riding on in 2021.
Cav has rejoined his old Deceuninck / Quickstep team after 5 years away from them. It was with that team he suffered Tour de France heartbreak in Harrogate, smashing down on the deck outside Betty’s tea room. But aside from that he had so many good days on this squad.
You can read the teams press release by clicking here.
It’s great to hear that he is going to carry on next season, so let’s hope that our last memories of him as a pro cyclist are successful ones rather than the tears he shed in the Flemish Classics (which prompted us to write this piece about his impending retirement!).
Is it too much to hope for one last big win?
Despite the vanishing podcast I am going to push forward
with my worlds preview for this final weekend of competition in Harrogate.
So far, it’s been a strange championship with splashy falls
and flashy finishes (Rohan Dennis!).
The weekend will be fascinating with the opportunity for
Lizzie Deignan to win a rainbow jersey on home roads. That would be quite
something, but you expect the Dutch team to have a particularly close eye on her.
However, there are a number of favourites, many of whom are in
the orange of Holland and you wouldn’t be surprised that if its cold and the
wind blows, Marianne Vos will prove the toughest of the tough and get the jersey.
The mens race will be equally as fascinating, with Julian Alaphilippe
and Mathieu Van Der Poel sharing equal favourite status.
Either are quite likely to win and might well take the
rainbow jersey, but if you are looking for a good value bet on the periphery, I
would suggest “our man” Krists Nielands of Latvia.
He is one of the coming generation of riders and is in good
form after winning the GP Wallonie last week with a brilliant solo late attack
that saw him dangling off the front of the peloton all of the way up the
cobbled climb out of Namur town to the citadel.
I would love to see Greg Van Avermaet get the big result to
compensate for missing out on Flanders this year.
It will be fascinating to watch and technology permitting
(!) I will chat about it next week.