Mark Cavendish returns to the Tour for the Merckx record

The British cyclist will be one of the Deceuninck Quick-Step figures for the Tour de France alongside Julian Alaphilippe after Sam Bennett's absence due to injury.

The announcement of the eight of the Deceuninck Quick-Step for the Tour de France has brought us the return of one of the great figures of the peloton to the French round: the British Mark Cavendish, great dominator of the volatas at the end of the 2000s and early 2010s.

Cavendish, who last year considered hanging up his bicycle after his bad run of results and overcoming a depression, is experiencing a second youth on his return to the ranks of the Deceuninck Quick-Step, where he has already achieved 5 stage victories in what We have been in 2021, and he will try to fill the void left in the team by the loss of Sam Bennett, winner of the green jersey of points last year, and absent this year due to an injury to his right knee.

The Briton is, right now, the rider in the peloton most likely to threaten Eddy Merckx's absolute record for stage victories in the Tour de France with 34 times Cavendish's 30, the last of which was achieved in 2016. In 2017 Cavendish was forced to withdraw after Peter Sagan shut him down on the Vittel sprint and, on his last outing in 2018 Cavendish ran out of control on stage 11 en route to La Rosiere.

In statements collected by the Deceuninck Quick-Step, Cavendish was very excited about his return to the Tour. "I am proud to return to the Tour de France with the Deceuninck Quick-Step. Obviously the circumstances with Sam Bennett could have been better. He did a spectacular Tour last year and I am sorry that he cannot defend the green jersey this year. Once, I am very excited to return to a race that I have a great affinity with and in which I have made history. It is the largest bicycle race in the world and I will do my best to take the opportunity with both hands. " The Merckx record awaits Cavendish again in the Tour de France.

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