Recruited by Deceuninck-Quick Step in the offseason, Mark Cavendish does not set goals too high but hopes to bring a little to his team at heart.
In the coming weeks, Mark Cavendish (35) will start his fifteenth professional season, under the jersey of Deceuninck-Quick Step, the Belgian team whose colors he had defended from 2013 to 2015 and which he found at the off-season. While he has not won any race since February 2018, the Briton does not have excessive ambition, but hopes to bring his experience to his training.
” I am realistic. I’m not trying to hang on to something or try to end my career the way I want in a fairytale way. I just know I’m still good, he told a press conference during Deceuninck-Quick Step’s pre-season camp in Spain. If I think I can win six stages of the Tour de France, it’s because I’m in a fairy tale. But even if I don’t win, I think I can still bring something to this team. “
Mark Cavendish has also made a true declaration of love for the Belgian team, who have experienced six different formations during his career. “In the end I was at my best when I was here and the opportunity to come back and race for Deceuninck-QuickStep is a dream. The best part of my career has been with this team. I tried something else but looking back I would have liked to have stayed here my whole career. I have an incredible rapport with the team, the staff and the sponsors, especially with Specialized. […] I feel the same as Belgian supporters: I live and breathe cycling, so I feel at home at Deceuninck-QuickStep. […] Cycling has been my life for as long as I can remember and always will be. We don’t know how long that will last on the bike or off the bike, but for now I just want to keep enjoying the race and luckily with a Deceuninck jersey this year. The date of his competitive debut in 2021 is not yet known.