Sprint ace Mark Cavendish could walk away from cycling after crowning his career with the record of, his team boss Patrick Lefevere believes. Cavendish credits Lefevere for relaunching his career after finding himself teamless in December on the back of a three-year barren spell and aged 36.
Seven months later, with two bunch, Lefevere says Cavendish might do well to think twice about extending his contract another year. “We went for dinner in June, and Mark told me he would like to extend his deal for a further year,” Deceuninck Quick-Step boss Lefevere revealed after his , two behind record holder Eddy Merckx.
“But after his wins, the scenario is completely different,” he said. There are three more flat stages thisand two in the finals section, which could be enough to give Cavendish the record. “Imagine for a moment the dream scenario that he wins the (sprint points) green jersey on the . Imagine he wins his 35th stage on the
“Well, maybe he would say, ‘That’s it, it’s all over for me, boss.'” “I wouldn’t stop him leaving then,” said Lefevere. “Because I have seen somehas another option now. He can go out on a high — and the choice is his,” said the Belgian. – pride –
On Monday, Lefevere again hailed his sprint man. “Mark was maybe a surprise, but he proved that a rider can always perform if he’s in a good mood and a good team. “He made a lot of effort; it’s not by luck that he won.” Cavendish survived the cut-off and gave himself a chance toon a day other sprinters missed the time cut and were disqualified from continuing.
Cavendish believes his climb to the top of the Tignes slope may have been the greatest triumph of his glittering career. He cried at the finish line as one of the last men to make it past the line before the expulsions began some 37 minutes after the winner Ben O’Connor.
“To have three teammates staying with me in the gruppetto (stragglers group) for a horrendous stage, it’s been incredible,” Cavendish said with conviction. “If we stop now, it will be one of the most wonderfulsaid on Monday of the challenging climb to ski resort Tignes on a freezing stage nine.
“I’m so humbled and physically broken,” said Cavendish, who kept the green jersey for best sprinter. “This is the oneon Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Cavendish faces even less competition than the first week, with several sprinters, including Groupama’s Arnaud Demare, amongst the time-cut victims Sunday.