• Sprinter not expecting to repeat his previous success
  • Cavendish has rejoined Deceuninck-Quickstep team

A downbeat Mark Cavendish has acknowledged he will not return to his previous level as a sprinter and even conceded his winter transfer to the Deceuninck-Quickstep team makes that less likely due to the level of competition within the squad. Speaking for the first time since his return to the Belgian team, Cavendish said that 2021 will not be “about trying to win what I won previously. I’m a realist.”

“If I thought I wanted to go and race and win six stages of the Tour de France again I’m in fairytale land, and it makes it even less likely when you come to the strongest team in the world, the way they dominate,” said Cavendish, who has won 30 Tour de France stages in his career, the last in 2016. “I’m not looking to hang on to something or try to finish my career in any fairytale way. I just know that I’m still good. Even if I’m not winning, I can still add something to this team.”

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