Mark Cavendish reunites with team for his final season

Last Wednesday (27), through news released by journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, from La Gazetta dello Sport, Mark Cavendish met the former sporting director of Soudal-QuickStep, Vasilis Anastopoulos, so that they could define the routes for its last season, in 2024.

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According to speculation, the athlete would be willing to postpone his retirement to compete for another year on the WorldTour. Following rumors of a possible return, Alexander Vinokourov, head of Astana Qazaqstan, confirmed that he had spoken with the cyclist in which he had agreed to extend another year in competition.

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“Yes, we would like Mark to continue in 2024 and compete in his 15th Tour de France to win the 35th stage. Mark has the same mindset and the same willpower to achieve his ultimate goal. We are ready to offer him this chance. But it’s up to him to decide,” said Alexander Vinokourov, head of Astana Qazaqstan.

Previously, via social media, during the rest days of the Giro d’Italia, Mark Cavendish announced that he will retire this year, however, there is still no specific date for his final race. One of his goals was to win the 2023 Tour de France.

“I have loved riding every kilometer of this race so far, so I feel like this is the perfect time to share that this is my last Giro d’Italia and 2023 will be my last season as a professional cyclist. Cycling has been my life for the last 25 years, I have absolutely been living in a dream. Bicycling has given me the opportunity to see the world and meet incredible people, many of whom I am proud to call friends”, stated the athlete in the publication.

Mark Cavendish began his career in the sport in 2007 and, with more than 20 years of career, the athlete won three world titles in Madison and Olympic silver in the Omnium in Rio 2016. In addition, he obtained 161 victories, becoming the third best cyclist in steps in large loops.

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